Anthony Joshua could face Dereck Chisora in the near future, says Eddie Hearn

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IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua could face Dereck Chisora in his second title defence, should the Zimbabwe-born London fighter defeat Kubrat Pulev in his European title fight on Saturday night.

Promoter Eddie Hearn is confident that Joshua can see off Dominic Breazeale (17-0-KO15), with the Watford-born heavyweight tipped as favourite to win the bout, which could set up an all-British heavyweight fight in the near future.

Hearn has admitted that the 32-year-old rejected the chance to face Joshua, prior to a bout with Charles Martin, that saw the Olympic gold medalist maintain his 100% professional record with 16 knock outs from 16 bouts.


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But Chisora is confident that he can secure a better deal, financially, if he beats his Bulgarian opponent on Saturday, which Hearn admits could be a possibility.

Fingers crossed

"I've got my fingers crossed that Dereck can beat Pulev and win that European title and if he does, I believe he is a prime candidate to challenge Anthony Joshua if he can get past Dominic Breazeale." Hearn told Sky Sports.

It could prove to be an explosive fight, should Hearn manage to negotiate agreeable terms with his fighter, Joshua, and Chisora - however, both have plenty of work to do before then.

Chisora is notorious for his fiery press conferences - most notably, brawling with heavyweight David Haye and slapping KO specialist Vitali Klitschko in 2012. Meanwhile, Joshua showed another side to his normally relaxed self, during a heated exchange with Breazeale, earlier in the week.

Chisora to replace Fury

And with the heavyweight division full of top-class fighters at the moment, Chisora (who has a record of 25-5-KO17) could land a bout with undefeated Joshua, instead of Tyson Fury, who the 26-year-old was keen to face, prior to the Mancunian announcing he plans to retire after his title defence against Wladimir Klitschko on July 9.

"We offered him a lot of money to fight Anthony Joshua for the European title before he got Charles Martin and he turned it down for probably a sixth or seventh of the money to fight Pulev in Germany." said Hearn.

"And he said to me 'when I beat Pulev in Germany, you'll pay me twice as much as before to fight Joshua' and he might well be right.

"He's got some cajones and I really like his attitude but he's really up against it in Germany, in a really tough fight."

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