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Joshua defended his Heavyweight title in June.

Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko could be announced next week

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It would be one of the most anticipated fights of the year.

While all the talk in the boxing world has been about the controversy surrounding Tyson Fury, it has been revealed by Eddie Hearn that a fight between the current IBF Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua and former title holder Wladimir Klitschko could be announced as soon as next week.

Klitschko had been set for a rematch with Fury after the British boxer beat the Ukrainian in Dusseldorf in November last year, but Fury pulled out earlier this week after being declared ‘medically unfit’, leading him to admit to using cocaine to deal with his medical health issues.

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Now, according to promoter Eddie Hearn, Klitschko could be set to fight the undefeated British champion Joshua.

The 26-year-old is still to find an opponent for his November 26 date at the Manchester Arena, and it could be announced next week that the opponent will be Klitschko.

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Hearn said: “We’re getting close now. Things have changed, opportunities have arisen.

"Next week you’ll have some move that could blow your mind. Everybody is working to make sure that this is the next fight. We all want to get this done and when all parties want to get something done, it usually happens.”

Joshua, who has won all 17 of his professional fights by knockout, would be facing his biggest challenge yet if he came up against Klitschko.

He first won his IBF Heavyweight belt with victory against Charles Martin in April, before successfully defending it against Dominic Breazeale in June.

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Joshua said he was looking forward to the fight, even though if it had to be move back to December to promote.

“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 for December, it’s not problem with me because the fight will come, the fight will go.”

If it is to take place, the fight will undoubtedly be one of the biggest of the year, and certainly one that will captivate the British supporters.

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