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Anthony Joshua Targets Unification Bout Early 2018

Nigerian born British IBF and WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua intends to face the winner of the bout between Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz early next year, according to Eddie Hearn.

Promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed that Anthony Joshua has his sights set on a unification bout with either Deontay Wilder or Luis Ortiz in 2018.

The 27-year-old will defend his IBF and WBA heavyweight titles against Kubrat Pulev at the Principality Stadium on October 28 in his first fight since beating Wladimir Klitschko six months ago.

A number of potential challengers have stepped forward ahead of Joshua’s fight next month, including Joseph Parker following his points win over Hughie Fury last week, but the undefeated Englishman knows exactly who he wants next.

“We want the winner [of Wilder against Ortiz]; simple as that,” Hearn told Sky Sports News.

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