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Joshua may face Chisora if he defends IBF title against Breazeale.

Anthony Joshua could face Dereck Chisora in the near future, says Eddie Hearn

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IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua could face Dereck Chisora in his second title defence, should the Zimbabwe-born London fighter defeat Kubrat Pulev in his European title fight on Saturday night.

Promoter Eddie Hearn is confident that Joshua can see off Dominic Breazeale (17-0-KO15), with the Watford-born heavyweight tipped as favourite to win the bout, which could set up an all-British heavyweight fight in the near future.

Hearn has admitted that the 32-year-old rejected the chance to face Joshua, prior to a bout with Charles Martin, that saw the Olympic gold medalist maintain his 100% professional record with 16 knock outs from 16 bouts.

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But Chisora is confident that he can secure a better deal, financially, if he beats his Bulgarian opponent on Saturday, which Hearn admits could be a possibility.

Fingers crossed

"I've got my fingers crossed that Dereck can beat Pulev and win that European title and if he does, I believe he is a prime candidate to challenge Anthony Joshua if he can get past Dominic Breazeale." Hearn told Sky Sports.

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It could prove to be an explosive fight, should Hearn manage to negotiate agreeable terms with his fighter, Joshua, and Chisora - however, both have plenty of work to do before then.

Chisora is notorious for his fiery press conferences - most notably, brawling with heavyweight David Haye and slapping KO specialist Vitali Klitschko in 2012. Meanwhile, Joshua showed another side to his normally relaxed self, during a heated exchange with Breazeale, earlier in the week.

Chisora to replace Fury

And with the heavyweight division full of top-class fighters at the moment, Chisora (who has a record of 25-5-KO17) could land a bout with undefeated Joshua, instead of Tyson Fury, who the 26-year-old was keen to face, prior to the Mancunian announcing he plans to retire after his title defence against Wladimir Klitschko on July 9.

Dereck Chisora v Tyson Fury - Eliminator for the WBO World Heavyweight Championship

"We offered him a lot of money to fight Anthony Joshua for the European title before he got Charles Martin and he turned it down for probably a sixth or seventh of the money to fight Pulev in Germany." said Hearn.

"And he said to me 'when I beat Pulev in Germany, you'll pay me twice as much as before to fight Joshua' and he might well be right.

"He's got some cajones and I really like his attitude but he's really up against it in Germany, in a really tough fight."

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