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Anthony Joshua is confident he will face Wladimir Klitschko before the end of 2016

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It seems as if the stars really are aligning on a heavyweight super fight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko.

The latter was scheduled to face Joshua's compatriot Tyson Fury in a rematch to attempt to avenge his defeat last November.

However, a spectacular meltdown for the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO heavyweight champion has seen the 28-year-old fail two drugs test and Fury has openly admitted he has taken cocaine.

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While he could lose his boxing license and is now rumoured to join the cast for this year's 'I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here', Klitschko is on the lookout for another fight and has Joshua in his sights.

Joshua, the current IBF heavyweight champion, told Sky Sports his promoter Eddie Hearn is handling negotiations and he is confident the fight will go ahead.

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"It would be amazing for boxing in general, for British boxing, for the people that have wanted to see a general step up in class.

"A heavyweight fight with a former champion and a current champion is a fight that definitely ticks that box that will get people's hairs off their skin.

"There's a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes. We're dealing with a legendary sportsman in Klitschko and a current champion so there's egos on the table."


Joshua has always been slated for a November fight and Klitschko's bout with Fury was originally meant to take place on October 29, which means he has already been training.

AJ was optimistic the fight would happen before the end of 2016, whether that be November or December.

Joshua, 26, added: "I'm hoping for November because it has been mentioned. There's been people booking hotels and changing schedules around.

"If it means that we push it back another two weeks to December, it's no problem with me because the fight will come, the fight will go. As long as the fight happens, it will be one I'll be happy about."

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