Eddie Hearn confirms Anthony Joshua wants Wladimir Klitschko fight

Eddie Hearn confirms Anthony Joshua wants Wladimir Klitschko fight

Eddie Hearn confirms Anthony Joshua wants Wladimir Klitschko fight

In any event, both the Joshua and Klitschko camps have told ESPN.com repeatedly that they are interested in making the fight for November 26, which is the date Joshua has at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. "I think we're close, and if we can tie everything up next week, end of next week, I think there's a real chance you'll see it".

If Fury is stripped by the WBO and the WBA - both distinct possibilities since the drug test was an "in competition" test - the question will be who will fight for the vacant belts?

IBF heavyweight holder Joshua, who is being lined up for a possible unification bout with Wladimir Klitschko in Fury's stead, dismissed speculation that Fury has already fought for the last time. I really hope to see him getting back to what he does best. However, after Fury dropped out of his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko, Team Joshua set its sights on Klitschko while it appeared Parker would face unbeaten Mexican big boy Andy Ruiz on the undercard in an IBF eliminator. "I'm confident and I think it's the fight to make".

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

Parker's handlers will likely want to him to have at least one (showcase) title defense while allowing the buzz and anticipation for a super showdown with Joshua or Klitschko to grow. No.3 and Wladimir No.2. After halting Alexander Dimitrenko last Saturday he remains the mandatory challenger for Anthony Joshua's IBF heavyweight title. "It's the fight he really wants".

In the above video, the IBF heavyweight champion is asked whether he is ready to face the Ukrainian, who has previously held the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles.

But now, don't be surprised if Joseph Parker and Andy Ruiz contest the WBO strap next because its champion, Fury, will have been stripped.

It was a fight Parker clearly won over 12 rounds, yet he was under-par physically due to overtraining and criticised in some quarters for his lack of head movement.

Parker was the favourite to snare the November 26 fight with Anthony Joshua. That's not to say that Ruiz Jr. doesn't have a chance against Parker.

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