Eddie Hearn: Wladimir Klitschko camp need to sign Anthony Joshua fight this week

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With all the recent controversy surrounding current Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury, it now looks as though the WBA and WBO title holder could be stripped of his titles.

It was announced last week that the ever controversial Fury had tested positive for cocaine last month. This followed the second withdrawal from a highly anticipated rematch with the long time former champion Wladimir Klitschko, who Fury defeated for the heavyweight crown last November.

A heavyweight clash between Klitschko and the poster boy of British boxing Anthony Joshua is now in the works for Manchester in December.


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However, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has warned the Klitschko camp that they must sign the deal for the fight this week or there is a risk of the fight not happening.

Speaking at a press conference for Liverpudlian Tony Bellew’s first title defence against American BJ Flores this coming Saturday, Hearn stated: "We are all committed to that fight being next, so we're all putting our eggs in that basket.

"I think there's no excuse, but if it's going to happen, it has to be signed or get announced this week because if it doesn't then I don't think it's going to happen.

"There's nothing I'm seeing at the moment where I'm thinking 'that's going to be a major problem'. 

"There are definitely things to overcome, but they're things that can be worked out."

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Should Fury be stripped of his titles, as expected, Hearn is also hopeful that the WBA belt could be on the line as well as Joshua’s IBF title.

The 26-year-old Olympic gold medallist won the IBF title in April of this year, knocking out Charles Martin in the second round, before successfully defending it against Dominic Breazeale in June. 

Joshua is 17-0, finishing all of his opponents by either knockout or TKO. However, Klitschko would certainly be his most named opponent to date.

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