-For WBA Title Fight In 2017
Anthony Joshua has been cleared to fight Wladimir Klitschko for the vacant WBA heavyweight title next year.
British fighter Joshua, who claimed the IBF world heavyweight title in April, will have to beat US boxer Eric Molina in Manchester on December 10 for the Klitschko clash to go ahead.
A prospective December bout against the Ukrainian was scuppered by a combination of boxing politics and a minor injury sustained by Klitschko.
Confusion over whether the WBA title, vacated by Tyson Fury in October, would be on the line was one of the reasons a fight between Joshua and Klitschko was originally put on the back burner.
But with the WBA now officially sanctioning the clash, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn revealed he is now hard at work on securing a date.
“It’s been an arduous wait to gain official approval but we were delighted to receive the news that the WBA will official sanction the fight between Joshua and Klitschko for the WBA super title,” Hearn said.
“We will now move forward with (Klitschko’s manager) Bernd Boente and Team Klitschko in planning the date and venue knowing that victory against Eric Molina in Manchester on December 10 is more important than ever.”
Matchroom said the fight would be staged in “spring 2017.”
Klitschko lost the WBA belt to Tyson Fury last November, along with the IBF title.
The latter sanctioning body insisted on a rematch, leading Fury to vacate that belt, which was won by Joshua against Charles Martin in April. Joshua then defended it against Dominic Breazeale.
Fury then relinquished his remaining WBA, WBO and IBO titles in October and stepped away from the sport to battle mental health issues.