Anthony Joshua could face Wladimir Klitschko in Cardiff in October

Anthony Joshua could face Wladimir Klitschko in Cardiff in October

A rematch between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko could take place at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium in October.

Joshua knocked out Klitschko to add the WBA world heavyweight title to his IBF crown at Wembley Stadium in April.

As Wales’ rugby team will play at the Principality Stadium for most of November and December, 28 October could be a potential date for the bout.

“Talks are ongoing over venues,” said Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn.

Joshua’s thrilling knockout win over Klitschko was watched by a post-war record crowd of 90,000 at Wembley.

Staging a rematch outdoor could be difficult in the autumn but the 74,500-capacity Principality Stadium’s retractable roof – the only one of its kind in the United Kingdom – could make it a viable option.

Hearn has said he believes a Klitschko rematch “will go ahead” even it casts doubt over whether Joshua can retain his IBF title.

The IBF has named Kubrat Pulev as a mandatory challenger and says a battle with the Bulgarian must be next on the agenda for Joshua.

As such, the IBF appears obliged to strip Joshua should he opt for a return fight with Klitschko, but Hearn has indicated he will put in a mandatory exception request to the IBF.


Culled by BBC Sport

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