Hearn hints at Joshua Wembley Stadium head-to-head with Fury v Klitschko II on July 9

Eddie Hearn says Anthony Joshua’s first defence of the IBF heavyweight title could happen on July 9 at Wembley Stadium, meaning the Londoner would go head-to-head with the Fury v Klitschko rematch.

Following undefeated Joshua’s second round knockout of Charles Martin at the O2 Arena, Matchroom boss Hearn stated that there are already plans afoot for another massive event in London.

“We might have a little something planned for July 9 at the National Stadium,” revealed Hearn – tongue in cheek to Sky Sports Box Office.

Tyson Fury has only just announced plans to stage his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko in the north of England on the same date, which could leave promoter Mick Hennessy and BoxNation handler Frank Warren with a considerable headache.

Joshua, 26, produced a measured display in front of a packed crowd in his home arena and is now a major player on the world stage.

Claiming the IBF belt has given Hearn the opportunity to potentially move ‘AJ’ up to title defences at Wembley – rather than the O2, which would mean even bigger paydays on the horizon for the 2012 Olympic gold medallist.

With fifteen wins from 16 knockouts coming inside three rounds, Joshua is one of the most exciting names the division and can now look forward to building towards massive UK battles with WBO, WBA and IBO belt holder Fury and ex-world champion David Haye in the coming year.