The IBF (International Boxing Federation) have released a statement on how they will allow for an exemption for Joshua vs Klitschko II.
The IBF are notoriously tough when it comes to enforcing their mandatory contenders for their champions and in heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua’s case, he appears to be very lucky in temporarily avoiding his mandatory of Kubrat Pulev from Bulgaria.
Like anything though, money talks. A fight the size of Joshua vs Klitschko part two will be a massive night for boxing and everyone involved.
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The IBF granted an exemption for the rematch this week to temporarily allow Joshua to avoid Pulev next up on condition of four main things.
According to their statement, Joshua vs Klitschko II must happen between October 28th and December 2nd, 2017, Pulev gets the winner of the rematch, no unification can happen immediately after the rematch and no exemption requests will be considered from the winner after the rematch.
Pretty clear there from the IBF.
By all accounts, Klitschko vs Joshua part two definitely looks like it is going to happen after promoter to Joshua Eddie Hearn said during the week that he is proceeding as if the rematch is definitely happening.
The answer lays with Wladimir Klitschko of course – who has a rematch clause he can activate in his fight contract with Joshua.
The above from the IBF however allows for the belt to stay on the line if and when the rematch does take place later in 2017.