Hearn - Klitschko just the start

21 April 2017 12:22:14 EST

Eddie Hearn says Anthony Joshua hopes his fight with Wladimir Klitschko can spark a decade of dominance in the heavyweight division.

The Brit is set to make the third defence of his IBF world title next Saturday against Dr Steelhammer but his latest opponent represents a huge step up in class in comparison to those he has fought before.

However, a win over the Ukrainian would prove he is the real deal and catapult him into the upper echelons of the sport.

He certainly wants to be in the biggest fights possible over the next 10 years.

Eddie Hearn

Joshua is unbeaten in his 18 professional fights and although it has been suggested next weekend's outing at Wembley could have come too early, his camp are extremely bullish about his chances.

AJ's promoter Hearn knows just how important the bout could prove and a win against Klitschko is likely to lead to future fights against the likes of Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.

Both are expected to be at ringside and Hearn says his charge is looking at the Wembley date as a chance to establish himself as one of the biggest names in boxing for the next 10 years.

"Everything is just on the line on 29 April," Hearn told Sky Sports. "AJ talks about having 10 years left in boxing, so part of me doesn't want to rush, but we're rushing into the Klitschko fight. Why not keep going?

"Deontay Wilder will be ringside - that's a natural fight. Joseph Parker is another fight as well. It's all about winning, but he certainly wants to be in the biggest fights possible over the next 10 years."

Joshua is 1/2 to win at Wembley, with Klitschko priced at 9/5.

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