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Klitschko vs Joshua December 10 Bout Is Officially Off

The potential blockbuster match-up between Wladimir Klitschko and IBF Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua on December 10 is officially off. That's because Klitschko suffered a 'minor injury' while training, There isn't any confirmation on what particular injury Klitschko suffered but ESPN reported that one source said it was a 'calf infjury' that hit the former heavyweight champion:

“Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko suffered an injury and will not fight on Dec. 10, be it against IBF titleholder Anthony Joshua in England or somebody else on that date in Germany for the vacant WBA title, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN on Monday. The specific nature of the injury is unclear, but one source said it was a calf injury. However, the Klitschko and Joshua camps remain in talks to put together the fight for the first part of 2017. Klitschko was awaiting notification from the WBA on whether it would sanction a fight with Joshua on Dec. 10 -- most thought it wouldn't -- but now it doesn't matter what the organization decides. The decision has been delayed for several days.”

The injury means that Klitschko won't be able to fight on December 10, whether it's against AJ or anybody for that matter. Promoter Eddie Hearn, who represents Joshua, also spoke of the injury to the SUN. Hearn added that even if Wlad hadn't been injured, making the December 10 showdown was already almost mission impossible:

“I was told that Wladimir picked up a minor injury late last week but, regardless of that, with just over six weeks until December 10, it’s unrealistic to put together a fight of this magnitude."

It can be recalled that since Tyson Fury pulled out of his remach with Klitschko, Eddie Hearn and the Klitschko camp have been negotiating for a December 10 bout. Both fighters wanted the fight and both camps had reportedly agreed to terms except that Klitschko wanted the bout to be sanctioned by the WBA as their heavyweight title bout. Fury dropped the WBO and WBA titles amidst his personal woes. Up to now, the WBA hasn't decided on that yet. Added Hearn:

"The deal is there but we are awaiting sanctioning from the WBA. Both teams have written to the WBA to request sanctioning. Wladimir wants the WBA belt to be on the line so until that is approved we cannot move forward."

Now that Klitschko is injured, the bout is officially off but only for now. Hearn said that Joshua will fight on December 10 as planned and his opponent will be announced anytime this week:

“There will be an announcement on Joshua vs Klitschko very soon but for now we are seeking a new foe for December 10 and building a huge card for Manchester.”

So the scenario now is Anthony Joshua fights on December 10 in Manchester and if AJ wins, a bout with Klitschko could happen in the fall of 2017. As to who Joshua's opponent would be, you're guess is as good as ours.