World Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua To Fight Again This Year

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Promoter Eddie Hearn has said he expects IBF and WBA world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, to fight one more time in 2017.

The 27-year-old Nigerian-born boxer, last Saturday knocked out Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round at Wembley on Saturday night.

Hearn says Joshua’s camp will now take their time to assess their options but expects the fighter to face his next opponent in October or November.

“I think every fighter, after going through a fight like that, the first thing they tell you the week after is that they just want to get back into the gym, and they are going to do this, and improve on that, and they don’t want too long to be laid off,” Hearn told Sky Sports.

“Then, after about five days, they turn around and say ‘I want to go on holiday’.

“So, we are on that period. I saw Anthony was swimming this morning and shadow boxing under water.

“I am guessing in the next 48 hours, he will say ‘I want to go on holiday, I need a break’, so that will come.

“Speaking to [Joshua’s trainer] Rob McCracken yesterday – October, November, is probably the kind of date you will see Anthony Joshua back in the ring.”

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