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Hearn is adamant it could happen this year.

Eddie Hearn confirms Anthony Joshua wants Wladimir Klitschko fight

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The fight which every boxing fan has been wanting seems to be edging closer and closer.

With Tyson Fury being 'mentally unfit' to fight Wladimir Klitschko, and drug allegations pending on the Heavyweight Champion, the Ukrainian is more likely to fight Anthony Joshua.

The IBF belt has gone on a bit of a merry-go-round since November last year.

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Joshua holds it now, but it formally belonged to Fury (for 2 weeks) after he defeated Klitschko.

Now the two seem to be getting ready to fight each other and promoter Eddie Hearn is pleading the case for the WBA and WBO belts to be put on the line as well.

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If Fury's license is revoked by the British Boxing Board of Control next week, then there is a good chance all three belts will be on the line in what promises to be the fight of the year. 

Joshua has knocked out everyone who has come into the ring with him in his professional career. His record stands at 17 wins and 0 defeats, but he is yet to really face a challenger who has put him out of his comfort zone.

On the other hand, Klitschko had been labelled 'unbeatable' before Fury dethroned him, which leaves his record as 64 wins and four losses. 

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David Haye has also been a candidate for Joshua to fight next, but after the recent demise of the 'Gypsy King', it looks like the Ukrainian has set his sights on Joshua.

Hearn has said the fight is now '70-30' going to happen, and is working towards the date of November 26.

These comments come just days after he initially stated the chances were at 60-40.

Hearn said: "I'll give you another 10 per cent now. I'll move it to 70-30."

The promoter has also expressed Joshua's interest in the fight by stating: "I was with Anthony yesterday and it's definitely the fight he wants next."

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He did also say that a fight of this magnitude deserves a build up, so there is an opportunity to push it back to December, but he won't hold off until next summer, when it could be held in a bigger stadium.

He continued: "You can't work like that in boxing. When an opportunity strikes, you have to take it and I feel this is the right opportunity now.

"Fights like this - although they sell out in minutes - deserve a big lead-up time. They deserve a big build up. There is an opportunity to push the fight into December which we're looking at as well."

The WBO and WBA are still coming to a conclusion on whether Fury will be stripped of his belts, but after Hearn's comments, it is likely we will be seeing these two face off before the end of the year.

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