News | Jun 07 2017

IBF grant exemption for Anthony Joshua to fight Wladimir Klitschko

Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko II moves ever closer
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ANTHONY JOSHUA has been given the green light from the IBF to fight Wladimir Klitschko in an immediate rematch of their instant classic at Wembley in April.

Joshua stopped Klitschko in 11 rounds to add the WBA belt to his IBF crown, but faced the prospect of having to defend against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev.

His promoter, Eddie Hearn, applied for an exemption in order to pave the way for a Klitschko return and yesterday the IBF granted the request, stipulating that the fight must happen before December 2. The winner must also face Pulev in their next fight.

 

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