WBN were informed on good authority the highly-anticipated fight was on the brink of being agreed and December 10 at Manchester Arena is now the firm favourite of three dates named by Eddie Hearn.
The fight would have been favoured to take place in London, although a concert by popular 1980’s ska band Madness means Hearn was left with little choice but to favour Manchester Arena.
A roof-covered Principality Stadium in Wales was also thought to have been considered, but as it stands, the former MEN Arena in most likely destination for what will be one of the highest profile fights ever to happen on UK soil in the top division.
“Fingers crossed we will have some good news next week that will blow your mind,” Hearn said, according to The Daily Star.
“I’m smiling, so perhaps that’s giving the game away. Wladimir Klitschko is the favourite now. Everyone is working together to make sure that’s the next fight.
“We really want to get this done and it’s not done yet but everyone involved wants it. Anthony Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko should be the next fight.”
On the date in question, Heard didn’t go as far as naming December 10 but rather cryptically gave three possible dates.
“If it’s Wladimir Klitschko it could be pushed into December,” he stated.
“We want to build it up for pay-per-view TV with press tours and press conference so it could be December 3, December 10 or December 17,” added Hearn.