AJ rematch confirmed by Hearn

05 June 2017 17:12:48 EST

Anthony Joshua's proposed rematch with Wladimir Klitschko will be his next fight according to promoter Eddie Hearn.

Joshua is set to face Klitschko for a second time after his thrilling victory at Wembley Stadium in April, a bout labelled as one of the finest heavyweight contests in recent years by many observers.

A number of venues are still being considered to stage the heavyweight world title rematch, but Hearn insists that it is definitely will be going ahead.

Klitschko will meet manager Bernd Boente this week where plans are expected to be finalised for his rematch with WBA 'super' and IBF title-holder Joshua.

"I feel like it's Wladimir Klitschko. People keep saying is there a deadline? The situation is the fight is happening unless we are told otherwise by Bernd Boente and Wladimir Klitschko, who have a meeting this week," Hearn told Sky Sports.

The promoter insists there are many offers on the table to stage the fight around the world but Hearn has hinted his preferred option may be to keep Joshua close to home after his Wembley success.

"So many offers this week - Nigeria, Dubai, America, and also we have the opportunity of Cardiff here in the UK.

"Financially, Cardiff's not the best choice, but also at the same time, if it's not broke don't fix it, and we have that mentality with 'AJ' moving forward."

Joshua is 2/7 to defeat Klitschko if the rematch goes ahead, while the veteran can be backed at 13/5.

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