Anthony Joshua set for December heavyweight showdown with Wladimir Klitschko
World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is set to take on Wladimir Klitschko in an eagerly anticipated clash later this year, with apparent confirmation that contracts for the fight are to be signed coming from an unlikely source.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has suggested the super-fight could be confirmed this week, with December 10th being mentioned as a possible date for a fight that will be the most significant in the heavyweight division in a decade.
"While you can never put every egg in the basket, most are in there now, saying 'this is next'," Hearn told Sky Sports News HQ.
"Now it's a case of going through the finer points of the agreement and I feel like most of the deal is done but there are still a lot of obstacles that can interrupt our progress.
"They are not really obstacles I feel should stop the fight from happening."
Now former heavyweight king David Haye has apparently broken the news that Joshua v Klitschko is set to take place.
Great to hear Joshua-Klitschko is done. Timing is everything & the time now is perfect for AJ. Reminds me of Ali Vs Berbick #FatherTime— David Haye (@mrdavidhaye) October 11, 2016
Haye will be an interested observer for the fight, with the Brit - who is currently on the comeback trail after shoulder surgery last year - a possible opponent for the winner of Joshua v Klitschko.
Hearn has suggested a deal for Haye to fight Joshua may not be far away, but that will now depend of the outcome of his clash with Klitschko, which is set to be a huge pay-per-view event that will put the heavyweight title back in the spotlight for the first time in many a year.
This mega-fight has been quickly pieced together after Klitschko’s rematch with Tyson Fury was called off for a second time last month.
As Fury looks unlikely to return to the ring any time soon as he battles personal issues, former champion Klitschko has turned to Joshua as he looks to get back to the top of the heavyweight division at the age of 40.