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Joshua defends his IBF title on November 26.

Anthony Joshua hints at Wladimir Klitschko fight

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Anthony Joshua is penned in to defend his IBF World Heavyweight crown on November 26 in Manchester but has yet to formally announce his opponent.

Names like Joseph Parker, Hughie Fury, and Kubrat Pulev have all been thrown around, but all eyes are already focused on AJ's fight after this one, which could be against Wladimir Klitschko.

Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn said on the matter: "I've seen a lot of stuff talking about AJ and Klitschko, saying that it's done. It's definitely not done.

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"We are negotiating. We are in talks with Team Klitschko and Bernd Boente. I'm hopeful a fight can be made if everything works out...We're working hard and hope to have some news soon. I'll update you when I can."

Joshua added fuel to the fire by posting an old picture on social media of him and Klitschko together, and it's safe to say this is a fight everyone would want to see.

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However, Joshua does have a mandatory challenger for his IBF belt in Joseph Parker, another rising unbeaten star with knockout prowess, and that would also make for an intriguing bout. 

Ukrainian powerhouse Klitschko was hoping to reclaim the world titles he lost to Tyson Fury last year but has seen his rematch fall through twice now due to injury and mental issues with Fury. 

Peter Fury, Tyson's uncle and trainer, said the following on his nephew's situation: "I don’t want to see him set foot in that ring until I see 100 per cent Tyson Fury back mentally and physically.

“It certainly won’t be this year, it will probably be early next year. He will be back."

A fight between Joshua (17-0) and previous long-time Unified Champion of the world, Klitschko (64-4) would capture the attention of the boxing world like no other heavyweight clash could at this moment in time and would certainly present Joshua with the sternest test of his young career. 

It remains to be seen who Joshua will defend his title against on November 26, but the public will certainly be hopeful of seeing Dr. Steel Hammer on these shores again. 

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