Hearn: If Joshua beats Molina, Klitschko next

The WBA have reportedly sanctioned a bout between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko should Joshua successfully defend his IBF Heavyweight title against Eric Molina at the Manchester Arena on December 10, according to promoter Eddie Hearn. 

The 27-year-old Joshua (17,17KO's,0) is up against America's Molina (28,25,19KO's,3), having last been in action against American Dominic Breazeale winning that bout with a seventh round TKO.

Joshua now knows that should he retain his title, his next fight will be against the 40-year-old Klitschko, who ruled the heavyweight division for 15-years before his defeat to Tyson Fury in November.

According to Joshua's promoter Hearn, the WBA will sanction the much-awaited clash with Klitschko.

"It's been an arduous wait to gain official approval but we were delighted to receive the news that the WBA will officially sanction the fight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko for the WBA super title," said Hearn.

"We will now move forward with Bernd Boente and Team Klitschko in planning the date and venue knowing that victory against Eric Molina in Manchester on December 10 is more important than ever."