Anthony Joshua is waiting to hear if he could be forced to give up one of his two world heavyweight titles without losing it in the ring, reports.

Wladimir Klitschko appears ready to invoke a rematch clause to face Joshua later this year which would force the Nigerian-born to give up the IBF title he won against Charles Martin if the boxing authorities rule he has to take on his mandatory challenger Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev next.

But Joshua’s promotor Eddie Hearn is lobbying for Joshua to be allowed to fight Klitschko for both the WBC and IBF titles with the winner facing Pulev.

Hearn said, “It is the IBF convention this week and we have put in a special exemption request to fight Klitschko next as we will with the WBC but that is a little bit more clear.

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