The IBF have granted Anthony Joshua an exception to fight Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch. However, the fight must take place before December 2nd.
Joshua stopped Klitschko in the eleventh round of their first encounter at Wembley Stadium on April 29th, successfully defending his IBF crown while also claiming the WBA and IBO titles.
All three of Joshua’s belts (IBF/IBO/WBA) will be on the line in the rematch with Klitschko.
Prior to the IBF granting the exception, it seemed likely that Joshua would have to square off against the IBF mandatory challenger, Kubrat Pulev.
While we have no formal announcement from either the Joshua or Klitschko camps; one is expected in the coming weeks, with Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, speaking confidently about the rematch.
“As far as I’m concerned, it’s happening,” Hearn told iFL TV.
“We’ve already had offers from three different countries and obviously the offer to do it in Cardiff as well, but that [potential fight in Cardiff] wouldn’t be until the first week of December.”
“So, now we’re in a position where we need to look at all the dates, the money, the offers with Bernt Boente — he’s seeing Wladimir this week, and I think he’s going to go for it — I do.”