The fight that the boxing world has been waiting for appears to be closer than ever.
Former Heavyweight World Champion David Haye has revealed on Twitter that a deal to see Wladimir Klitschko challenge Anthony Joshua for his IBF Heavyweight belt has been completed.
Klitschko was due to rematch Tyson Fury in an attempt to reclaim his WBO and WBA world titles, but Fury's ongoing battle with depression and drug abuse means the fight is not plausible.
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The Ukrainian has instead turned his attentions to reclaiming his IBF Heavyweight World title, which he surrendered to Fury in November 2015. Fury was subsequently stripped of the belt after failing to fight mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov.
Fury was subsequently stripped of the belt after failing to fight mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov.
Joshua remains unbeaten in his professional career and has held the IBF Heavyweight World title since defeating Charles Martin at the O2 Arena back in February, but Klitschko is undoubtedly the most esteemed fighter he has yet encountered.
After 17 fights, 17 victories, and 17 wins by KO or TKO, Joshua has emerged as one of the most exciting talents in the history of British boxing.
However, many have argued that he is yet to face a genuine test of his talents having only fought past the third-round twice.
Dillian Whyte and Dominic Breazeale both made it as far as seven rounds before capitulating to Joshua's explosive speed and power.
If Haye's information is accurate, however, Joshua will find himself going toe-to-toe with one of the greatest heavyweight fighters of all-time, and even at 40-years-old, Klitschko remains one of the hardest punchers in the division.
We await official confirmation on what looks set to be one of the most exciting fights of recent times.
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