Promoter Eddie Hearn is more confident than ever that a heavyweight world title fight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko will take place this year.
Following Tyson Fury’s decision to vacate the title belts, the super-fight may have been given the green light to be made official in the coming days and Hearn believes both boxers should have already begun training for battle.
“It is the big favourite to be the next fight for both,” Hearn told BBC Radio 5 Live. “(They should be) Going to the gym now everyday focusing on each other and that fight being next.”
On finalizing the deal, which WBN understands is heading towards a date of December 10 in Manchester, Hearn added: “Whether it gets over the line time will tell. It is the biggest heavyweight fight in the last 10 years. I want to get it over the line.”
Joshua, 26, currently holds the IBF belt, whilst theoretically, Klitschko should be the number one contender for the WBA version. Fury’s recent vacating of the latter strap leads many to believe the contest will be a unification and could even have as many as three titles on the line.
Work is going on strenuously behind the scenes, even whilst Matchroom Boxing are in the midst of Tony Bellew v BJ Flores fight week, with an announcement before the weekend not out of the question.
Klitschko, 40, will be hoping to regain his position as a world title holder following a year of inactivity and disappointment, whilst Joshua makes a huge step up in recent class as he aims to cement a greatest career triumph.