Anthony Joshua’s opponent to be revealed next week

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Anthony Joshua’s next opponent will be revealed next week according to promoter Eddie Hearn, with Wladimir Klitschko the hot favourite to fight the Brit.

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Over the past days, Hearn has expressed his optimism that he would set up a contest for the two boxers, to contest for Joshua’s IBF world heavyweight title .

Asked when an announcement on Joshua’s next opponent can be expected, Hearn told Sky Sports: “Next week, for sure. We’re getting close now.

“Obviously a lot’s been happening in the heavyweight landscape. We were due to announce our opponent last week.

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“Things have changed, opportunities have arisen and when you’re talking about fights of this size, you’ve got to get everything 100 per cent right.

“We’re in a great position right now. Maybe my smile gives things away but, fingers crossed, next week you’ll have some news that will blow your mind.”

Klitschko is now available to fight Joshua, afterhis rematch with Tyson Fury was called off. Ever since the cancellation, there has been a clamouring for him to take on Joshua.

“It’s for sure the favourite right now,” Hearn admitted.

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“One thing’s for sure – in Anthony Joshua’s mind, in Wladimir Klitschko’s mind, I believe both of them are now in the gym every day thinking about that man as their next opponent.

“I think everybody is working together to try and make sure that is the next fight. Of course, there are always some hurdles to overcome.

“But myself and Bernard Bonte (Klitschko’s promoter) are working together and we really want to get this done. When all parties want to get a deal done, generally it comes together.

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“It’s certainly not done yet but Anthony Joshua getting Wladimir Klitschko should be the next fight. Fingers crossed we can get there.

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