Joshua Will Fight Later In The Year, Says Hearn

IBF and WBA world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua could be back in the ring by October, promoter Barrie Hearn has revealed.

The unbeaten Watford sensation stopped Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round at London's Wembley Stadium last Saturday to improve to 19 straight wins and add the WBA and IBO belts to his IBF crown.

The Briton sent Klitschko to the canvas in the fifth round but appeared set for defeat after the Ukrainian knocked him down a round later.

Michael Tyson believes Anthony Joshua has made boxing a big sport again and the Brit's victory over Klitschko has made the sport appealing. If it continues to be that way, the sky is the limit for him.

It is now unclear how the WBA will handle the scenario but based on previous situations, the IBF will strip Joshua of one of his world titles unless he fights Pulev in the coming months.

"Floyd (Mayweather) is making a lot of money and we've got a lot of little guys fighting, but what they want to see is a heavyweight fight". That is what makes boxing big, it is the heavyweights. All the new guys who have been making a lot of money will know there is a new guy.

Following a troublesome childhood, Joshua's journey to stardom has drawn comparisons to Tyson, who endured hardships during his upbringing before becoming the youngest heavyweight champion in history when he beat Trevor Berbick in 1986, aged 20.

However, Joshua may forego the bout, relinquishing the belt in the process, in favour of a more lucrative fight.

Anyway, that fight is still some way off happening, but what lies ahead for Anthony Joshua is now being debated. Klitschko is 41 and no-one has ever done that to him.

Tyson Fury, who boxed for Ireland and England in the amateur ranks, was stripped of the same IBF title for favouring a rematch with Klitschko which never took place.

"It is the only one the world wants to see and I am here, I am the lineal champion, I am still number one in the world and everybody knows that".

  • Julie Sanders