Eddie Hearn: Anthony Joshua/Wladimir Klitschko fight edging closer

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Promoter Eddie Hearn is of the opinion that a fight between International Boxing Federation Champion Anthony Joshua and former Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko could happen as early as this year.

Klitschko was scheduled to fight WBO and WBA Champion Tyson Fury on October 29, but the Brit pulled out last week with his camp stating he wasn't mentally fit to fight.

Since then, Fury has also tested positive for cocaine, which could see him stripped of his belts altogether.


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Hence, Joshua could replace his compatriot for the fight with the Ukrainian.

If Fury is stripped of both his titles, and Joshua put his title on the line as well, we could witness a fight for three belts in a single match.

Hearn was quoted by The Sun saying: “Our plan is to fight Klitschko for all the belts. It’s 60-40, something like that.”

He sounded optimistic about the fight becoming a reality as both contenders are willing to take on each other.

“Klitschko wants to fight, Joshua wants to fight, so that’s a good sign. I’m confident. I think it’s THE fight to make, I really do.”

Joshua is scheduled to defend his IBF title for the second time at the Manchester Arena on November 26, with Joseph Parker set to be in the opposite corner. Although an official announcement is yet to be made regarding the match.

Hearn added: “It’s the kind of fight we expected next summer and is one or two fights before plan, but it’s here and it’s available. Joshua’s so relaxed, he’ll fight anyone.

“It’s a huge fight. I think it’s going to be the biggest fight in British boxing history. You’re heard me say that a lot over the last two or three years, but this one definitely is.”

Asked if the recent fiasco surrounding the Fury issue has been the reason for the delay in announcing Joshua’s opponent for the IBF title, Hearn quickly replied by saying: “The first objective is to make the fight with Klitschko. The decision from the governing bodies on the belt will come after that.”

He continued: “We’ve not got a deal yet, but there’s definitely a desire from both sides to make the fight happen.

“For me the issue is not of another belt is on the line, it’s how many. Financially, it’s the biggest fight out there for each of them.”

However, it will take time for the fight to become a reality as everything hinges on the outcome of the ban Fury will sustain.

Nonetheless, if Joshua faces off with the 40-year-old Ukrainian heavyweight, it will be one of the most anticipated clashes in the history of the sport.

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