Promoter says deal close for Joshua to fight Klitschko

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 17, 2016 10:10 AM
Promoter says deal close for Joshua to fight Klitschko
British boxer Anthony Joshua celebrates after winning the IBF heavyweight title bout between US boxer Charles Martin and British boxer Anthony Joshua at the O2 Arena in London, Saturday, April 9, 2016.(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

LONDON (AP) — A boxing promoter says a deal is close to being agreed for IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua to fight Wladimir Klitschko.

Klitschko, the former IBF, WBO and WBA champion, would represent the most difficult fight of the undefeated Joshua's professional career.

The WBO and WBA heavyweight belts given up by Tyson Fury could also be up for grabs in the fight, which is set to happen in the northern English city of Manchester later this year.

Promoter Eddie Hearn told the BBC that "terms are virtually there between the two now. There are plenty of things that have got to fall into place."

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