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Eddie Hearn will target a Anthony Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko fight if Tyson Fury stripped

Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn says he'll eye a Joshua-Klitschko fight later this year if Fury ends up being stripped of his titles due to allegations of doping.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

With heavyweight champion Tyson Fury caught up in what may prove to be another legitimate doping scandal, Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn is already preparing to capitalize on the situation should Tyson Fury be relieved of his heavyweight titles as a result. Hearn says that although Fury is currently the top target for rising star Anthony Joshua, should Fury's titles be handed back to Wladimir Klitschko - they plan to go after him instead. Here's what Hearn said to Haley McQueen of Sky Sports, via WBN:

"The fight that makes sense is the Tyson Fury fight," Hearn told McQueen. "You know he's got his own problems at the moment with the stories that have broken. Therefore, the Klitschko fight becomes entertaining for us as we will see what happens with the belts."

And although there's been at least a little talk of Joshua facing David Haye at some point, Hearn says that won't be happening this year. Rejoice. Instead Hearn says a fight against Joseph Parker is more likely, with Parker being Joshua's mandatory challenger.

"Joseph Parker, he's Anthony Joshua's mandatory, so if we don't fight him next - we have to fight him after that," said Hearn. "That is a great fight for November or December."

In the meantime, we'll have to keep an eye on the Tyson Fury situation to see how that changes the heavyweight landscape, if at all.

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