As December 1st’s fight between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury quickly approaches promoter of Anthony Joshua, Eddie Hearn is making some plans that many may not have even considered.

The winner of December 1st will be in a big bargaining position with Joshua down the line whatever happens but at the same time, no one knows what could happen on December 1st.

Perhaps Wilder and Fury have a rematch if the fight is close or perhaps they have a rematch anyway in 2019?

That leaves Anthony Joshua without an opportunity to box either next April 13th when his next Wembley stadium fight is scheduled so it is both fair and wise that he and his team are planning for any eventuality happening before re-entering potential Wilder negotiations.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Hearn said:

“People talk about Andre Ward, Wladimir Klitschko, who knows what could happen?”

A couple of weeks ago Hearn had mentioned that there might be two ‘wildcards’ for the Joshua fight.

Well, it appears the above two are them.

While Klitschko’s manager denied this recently the former champion then posted a cryptic message on social media suggesting that he alone speaks for himself.

As for Andre Ward, I always thought we might see him back in the ring eventually.

He retired very young in the grand scheme of things and comes across as a real competitor who thrives on achievement.

Stepping up to heavyweight to take on the heavyweight champion would be a huge ask for him but in terms of adding to his boxing legacy — it wouldn’t get much bigger than that.