Anthony Joshua Rematch with Wladimir Klitschko Set for This Year; Interesting Things to Know

By Joe Bacaron, Posted: 05/16/17 08:32AM EDT

Anthony Joshua has the pick of the litter among the heavyweight contenders following his decisive win over Wladimir Klitschko (64-5, 53 KOs) on April 29. However, it seems likely that a rematch is in the pipeline against the aging Ukrainian.

According to reports, the rematch will possibly be set in October this year in 74,500-capacity Principality Stadium in Cardiff. However, the promoter for Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs) is not dismissing China, Dubai or Las Vegas as possible venues for the megafight.

Klitschko, 41, has a rematch clause in his contract to fight the 27-year-old and promoter Eddie Hearns thinks that the future hall of famer will likely demand another shot at Watford, UK native and so they are already looking at possible schedules. "The Principality Stadium is not really available in November because of rugby so 28 October is the option," he said. "Most of December is available but I don't really want to go that late."

 He said the important thing right now is for the two boxers to recover from their grueling encounter before even thinking of a rematch. Joshua is treating a sore shoulder while Klitschko's face is all messed up. They will be resting all throughout June before going back to training camp.

However, there's a snag in the rematch since Kubrat Pulev (25-1, 13 KOs) is the mandatory challenger for the winner of the Joshua-Klitschko fight. But Hearns added that he has been talking to the promoter of the Bulgarian to work out a deal that's ideal for everybody.

They will also request the IBF for an exemption so they can proceed with the rematch between Joshua and Klitschko in October. If the boxing organization will agree to the exemption, Hearns will then secure the approval from Pulev's promoter, Kalle Sauerland.

Another option is for Joshua to be stripped of the title so he can proceed with the rematch against Klitschko. "Sauerland don't want to object," the promoter added. "I speak to Kalle Sauerland all the time so I'm confident it will get worked out."

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