Eddie Hearn explains Anthony Joshua's plan for 2018 after contacting Wilder

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The heavyweight division is stacked at the moment and Anthony Joshua has the world's best fighters at his feet.

The 27-year-old commands the WBA and IBF heavyweight belts after his pulsating stoppage victory over Wladimir Klitschko in April. Joshua obliterated British pay-per-view records when he floored the Ukrainian with a photo-perfect uppercut in the 11th round.

And now the holders of the WBC and WBO belts, as well as the likes of Tyson Fury and David Haye, all want a piece of Joshua.

It begs the question as to where Joshua goes next after his fight with Carlos Takam on October, a bout that most fans are treating as a foregone conclusion. Given AJ's recent form and the withdrawal of Kubrat Pulev, his titles appear safe.

Unification would seem the most logical step beyond Takam and Deontay Wilder has made his intentions of fight Joshua very clear with a series of acidic rants on social media.

However, rather surprisingly, Eddie Hearn has made an admonition that could see Wilder left hanging until next summer at the earliest. It will likely be greeted as some form of cowardice by the American who was already faced by comments that Joshua would be willing to wait until 2020.

It seems AJ could exchange blows with Joseph Parker in the new year with a view to then fighting the winner of a potential Wilder-Dillian Whyte match-up.

That's assuming Wilder gets the better of Germane Stiverne and Whyte overcomes Robert Helenius.

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Hearn explained: “I think the Wilder fight is one for next summer. I'd like [Wilder] to fight Dillian Whyte.

“I mean I've talked to Wilder's guys again today - and the winner fights Josh.

“Parker is a fight we could look at in February or March. But you know we've got a WBA mandatory title defence, potentially.

“But I think the main aim is to fight three times next year, and I'd like two of those to be for additional belts.

“It doesn't always work out like that, but the aim is to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.”

For all intents and purposes, said plan would see Joshua fight both his fellow world champions in a matter of months and unify the division - the perfect scenario.

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Hearn has previously articulated his hope that Joshua fights three times in 2018 so if his next trio of fights end in victory - Tyson Fury at Wembley in October? Go on, make it happen, Eddie.

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