Joshua Granted Exception to Fight Klitschko

The next fight for Anthony Joshua is looking more likely to be a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko after their epic April clash.

This week the IBF granted Joshua an exception from his mandatory title defense so that he can rematch Klitschko by the end of the year, per ESPN.

The IBF requires Joshua to fight Klitschko before December 2.

While the rematch appears to be well on its way to becoming official, the only potential roadblock is Klitschko himself. The former champion has yet to confirm whether or not he plans to fight Joshua again or instead chooses to retire.

In the first fight against Joshua, Klitschko looked to be far from over-the-hill and actually put on a tremendous performance for much of the fight. He dropped Joshua in the sixth round after having been knocked down himself in the round prior, and then controlled much of the next few rounds. Ultimately it was an uppercut that did him in in the eleventh round, as he was dropped to the canvas multiple times before the referee eventually pulled Joshua off of him.

Klitschko is expected to make his decision soon.

The date currently penciled in for the rematch, should it take place, is October 28.

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