THE IBF recently granted an exemption for their heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, to fight Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch and overnight revealed the proposed date for the clash.
After stopping Klitschko in 11 rounds in April, Joshua was required to face mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev but his team successfully applied for an exemption in order to pave the way for a rematch with Wladimir.
Last night the IBF outlined the specific conditions of the exemption, including the proposed date: “The IBF Board of Directors was advised that the issue had been resolved between the parties [Joshua’s and Pulev’s] with the following conditions:
- If Wladimir Klitschko is unavailable for the rematch on October 28, 2017, the fight shall be staged no later than December 2, 2017.
- Kubrat Pulev is the next in line to fight the winner after the rematch. In the event the rematch does not occur prior to December 2, 2017 Anthony Joshua is to honor his mandatory commitment and fight Kubrat Pulev.
- After the rematch the IBF will not consider a request for unification from the winner.
- There shall be no further exceptions considered by the IBF regarding Anthony Joshua, or Wladimir Klitschko should he win the bout, prior to the completion of the mandatory bout with Kubrat Pulev.“