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Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua on track for showdown, maintains Eddie Hearn

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Big fight: Anthony Joshua could defend his IBF heavyweight title against Wladimir Klitschko

Big fight: Anthony Joshua could defend his IBF heavyweight title against Wladimir Klitschko

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Big fight: Anthony Joshua could defend his IBF heavyweight title against Wladimir Klitschko

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn is confident a blockbuster clash between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko can take place before the end of the year.

Joshua is pencilled in for a mandatory defence of his IBF heavyweight belt on November 26 while Klitschko is looking for an opponent after his rematch with Tyson Fury, scheduled for later this month, was cancelled for a second time owing to the Briton being "medically unfit".

The fight could also be for the WBA and WBO belts if Fury is stripped of them and Hearn says both fighters want the bout.

"I am hopeful, both guys have it in their mind that that is going to be the next fight," he said.

"There are hurdles to overcome and day by day we are ticking them off. Can we push that back to December? I'd like a little more time, that's a possibility.

"Anthony wants the fight and Wladimir wants the fight."

Belfast Telegraph