Eddie Hearn claimed Anthony Joshua is set to face Wladimir Klitschko in a mouth-watering rematch of their epic heavyweight title clash at Wembley Stadium.
Joshua thrilled a record crowd of 90,000 in April as he unified the WBA and IBF belts during a pulsating affair that saw both men forced to haul themselves off the canvas.
The 27-year-old finally managed to secure the stoppage in the 11th round – but after coming dangerously close to defeat in the sixth, Klitschko, nicknamed Dr Steelhammer, is said to be keen for another crack at British boxing’s biggest star.
“We’re looking at all the potential sites for the rematch. It’s not really a case of them having to let us know by a certain date. For us, it’s happening,” Hearn, Joshua’s long-time promoter at Matchroom, told Boxing News.
“Until [Klitschko] turns round and says ‘no, I’m retiring,’ we’re full steam ahead. At the moment all I can tell you is that it’s happening because we haven’t heard otherwise.
“The number of offers we’ve had come in from other sites means the money’s so big, I can’t see him not taking it. Even away from the money I think he wants it, I think he looks back and thinks he had Josh in the fifth or sixth. A lot of people gave him a lot of props for it, so why not?”
Team AJ currently face an anxious wait to see whether the Watford fighter will be stripped of his IBF belt.
Hearn has applied for an exemption from the governing body in order to take the Klitschko rematch rather than face mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev.
A decision is expected this week.
The 37-year-old also suggested October as the likely timeframe for Joshua’s return to the ring, revealing the four locations interested in hosting the heavyweight rerun.
“We’re looking at America, Nigeria, Dubai or Cardiff,” he said.
“Cardiff isn’t the frontrunner financially. The money we’re getting offered from other sites is huge, but that comes with problems. It’s a new market for us, go and do an event in Lagos sounds great but operationally it’s very difficult. You have to look at money, is it there? Is it secure?
The news with met with approval from fight fans online.
“Nigeria would be cool. Probably the least realistic though,” one wrote.
Another said: “I’d be sad if the rematch happened.
“I just can’t see Klitschko doing any better than the first. I am a Wlad fan & I think he’d done himself proud in that fight.”