Hearn all but confirms Joshua v Klitschko date, awaits sanctioning approval before announcement

Phil Jay 15/10/2016
Eddie Hearn

Sky Sports

Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn has insinuated he’s working on a December 10 date for Anthony Joshua’s potential unification with Wladimir Klitschko.

Hearn stated rival David Haye may want to change his own date of December 10 when Joshua v Klitschko is finally announced, along with confirming he’s awaiting sanctioning approval, possibly for another world title to be on the line.

Tyson Fury gave up his WBO, WBA and IBO belts this week and Hearn is preparing to go public with a massive fight on UK that could see Joshua place himself as the number one heavyweight on the planet by the end of the year.

“I probably mugged myself off a little bit by saying if we don’t announce by the end of next week there may be problem. There isn’t really a problem, but we haven’t announced yet,” Hearn explained to IFL TV.

“It’s just a case of going through and clearing certain hurdles. Obviously, Tyson Fury vacating the belts opens things up with the WBO, IBO and the WBA as well.

“We’re just getting all our eggs in order and it will probably be Monday or Tuesday. I’m very confident the fight will happen now.

“We’ve got to make sure everything is sanctioned and approved, then venues, dates and broadcasters. I’m not a fan of announcing before everything is done.”

On Haye proclaiming everything was done on social media in midweek, Hearn wasn’t too bothered about it but did give away his own plans – which are already widely known, when replying on the matter.

“It’s easy to announce it because it’s that close,” he said. “When you take a punt at it like he did with Charles Martin.

“He’s talking himself about going December 10th but I’m sure he won’t go December 10 when we announce our fight, especially if it’s December 10th,” added Hearn.