Published: Sat, May 06, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

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For Klitschko - who perhaps with an extra few punches might have finished Joshua - it could spell retirement, especially after his previous defeat more than a year ago by Britain's Tyson Fury.

Hearn, who is planning Joshua's schedule, said that Fury still had a lot of hurdles to clear before a fight could be arranged.

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"He (Fury) is miles away from fighting", Hearn told TalkSport. He doesn't have a licence, he needs to go back to the board (after losing his license), and he is under investigation for (an alleged) failed (doping) test. "Styles do make fights but I am sure I can beat AJ with one arm tied behind my back".

He has offered Klitschko a rematch and also has his eyes on an-all British clash with Tyson Fury, who has not fought since spectacularly dethroning Klitschko in November 2015.

Joshua is 19 fights unbeaten courtesy of his stunning 11th round stoppage of Klitschko at Wembley at the weekend, and Fury was watching closely. "He is just a pumped-up weightlifter but Klitschko couldn't land one of those hooks on me at all", said Fury, 28. "Cheers & I'll be back!".

"Ultimately from the USA perspective, the ultimate destination would seem to be - at some point in the next year hopefully Joshua versus Wilder", said Espinoza, who has worked with the likes of Floyd Mayweather. According to the American, Klitschko took a pause for reflection, but Vladimir, there is a deadline until which it should be determined whether to activate the option of a rematch written in the contract for the first fight with Joshua.

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