Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn is hoping one of his biggest clients, Anthony Joshua, can take on Wladimir Klitschko for the WBA heavyweight title in December.
The battle for the belt, which was relinquished by Tyson Fury last week after the British Boxing Board of Control took away his fighting license, is heating up and Joshua is one of the top contenders.
Fury has been suspended following various drug charges and could face a ban of up to two years if he's found guilty. He had already dropped his WBA Super, WBO, and IBO heavyweight world titles before being officially stripped of them as he fights his toughest battle yet - against depression.
With the titles up for grabs, Matchroom Boxing promoter Hearn is looking to make a deal that would see Joshua take on Klitschko at Manchester Arena on December 10 or 17.
The Ukranian fighter himself is due a title shot after he was denied a rematch against Fury following his loss to the Gypsy King in November 2015. Before then, he had held the IBF, WBA Super, WBO and IBO belts but lost them on the night following Fury's shock unanimous points decision win.
Hearn is optimistic that it will be Joshua who takes on Klitschko for the vacant titles. According to the Mirror, he said:
We are still talking. We're close, but no cigar just yet. But we are very confident.
Joshua's last fight came against Dominic Breazeale in April 2016. The Brit defended his IBF heavyweight title after a seventh-round knockout. He boasts a 17-0 boxing record.
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