Anthony Joshua was all set to face Wladimir Klitschko in Manchester on 10 December, but will now need to find a new opponent.
Klitschko has had to delay the fight for now due to a training injury, but a new date is due to be organised.
There’s also been disagreement over whether the WBA belt will be up for grabs at the fight, which may also be a reason for the delay. Klitschko is reportedly unwilling to fight unless the belt is on the line.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed, “There will be an official announcement on Joshua v Klitschko coming very soon, but for now we are seeking a new foe for 10 December and building a huge card for Manchester”.
The fight was Joshua’s chance to once again defend his heavyweight title, which previously belonged to opponent Klitschko. It’s been agreed by the promoters of both fighters, that the event will get the build up it deserves if it’s postponed to a later date.
December’s bout now has a number of potential new opponents surfacing, who all fancy their chances against Joshua. Amongst these is Joshua’s fellow Olympian David Price, who claims he sent him to the ground when the two were sparring together.
It’s now expected that Joshua and Klitschko will meet at some point in spring 2017.