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“October 28th is still the focus and I’d hope that we’d get that boxed off and formally announce very soon. We won’t be going to Vegas. We’ll be going to Millenium Stadium,” told Hearn in an interview with IFL.TV.

Should Pulev decline the offer, then Joshua will face the next IBF mandatory in line, Carlos Takam, but Hearn believes the fight will definitely happen.

“A few little mind games and negotiation games. If he [Pulev] doesn’t wanna fight, then we’ll move on and look at other guys. It’s a big fight for him. Big opportunity. That’s the plan on the IBF side,” he said.

After Pulev, the focus moves on to Luis Ortiz, who is the WBA mandatory challenger. The Cuban has been rumoured to be working a deal with Deontay Wilder.

“We have to deal with the WBA mandatory with no exceptions and then we have to fight who we want and that would be a unification fight with Deontay Wilder. If Wilder fights Ortiz, we could fight the winner actually sooner, which would be next spring,” told Hearn.

The promoter also discussed the undercard for the October 28th show, which might feature a big collision between two UK boxing rivals.

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