Hearn expects Joshua to fight again this year

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has not ruled out the possibility of Anthony Joshua stepping into the ring again this year.

The 27-year-old Joshua is the IBF and WBA world heavyweight champion after beating Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round in an epic fight in front of 90 000 fans at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

Hearn said he expects Joshua to take a break after the monumental effort he put in, both physically and mentally, against the 41-year-old Klitschko.

Speaking to Sky Sports on Wednesday, Hearn said: "I think every fighter, after going through a fight like that, the first thing they tell you the week after is that they just want to get back into the gym, and they are going to do this, and improve on that, and they don't want too long to be laid off.

"Then, after about five days, they turn around and say 'I want to go on holiday'.

"So, we are on that period. I saw Anthony was swimming this morning and shadow boxing under water.

Hearn added: "I am guessing in the next 48 hours, he will say 'I want to go on holiday, I need a break', so that will come.

"Speaking to [Joshua's trainer] Rob McCracken – October, November, is probably the kind of date you will see Anthony Joshua back in the ring."