Social media went crazy on Wednesday night as a fake boxing media account led some fans to believe Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko was all set for November 26.
Added to that, high-profile boxing personnel – including Dan Rafael of ESPN fame – have predicted the fight is likely to happen, although Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn was quick to shoot down the rumours as they began to spread like wildfire.
One or two accounts also had ‘information’ that Joshua’s fight against the Ukrainian powerhouse would be switched from Manchester to London and some added in that a thumbs up from the WBA and WBO was all the fight needed.
— William Hill Betting (@WillHillBet) September 28, 2016
— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) September 27, 2016
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) September 28, 2016
— ThaBoxingvoice (@ThaBoxingVoice) September 28, 2016
I've read that Anthony Joshua will fight klitschko on Nov 26th! Can you confirm this @SkySportsNewsHQ?? Or is someone pulling my plonker??
— Andrew Anderson (@AndrewA1982) September 29, 2016
As it stands, Hearn and Kltischko’s management at KMG are silent on the matter as the clock ticks down to under eight weeks left until Joshua is set to put his IBF title on the line once more.
Joseph Parker remains the current favourite as talk of Kubrat Pulev dies down, whilst fellow-Brit David Price has to be a consideration. Hearn and Joshua may want to use Parker as a warm-up for a summer outdoor clash with Klitschko that could potentially be staged at Wembley Stadium.
Making a fight of this magnitude isn’t usually Hearn’s style, whilst Klitschko could face another top contender for the WBO, WBA and IBO belts set to be taken from Tyson Fury due to what trainer Peter has said will be a further absence until 2017.
All three organisations may not be willing to have their titles static for such a long period and a ruling on what happens next is due to be released in the public domain by next week at the latest.