Anthony Joshua May Be Stripped Of One Of His Titles
Anthony Joshua may have one belt less round his waist when and if he accepts a planned invitation to Nigeria as has been muted by the Federal government.
It was gathered that the rave of the moment could be stripped of one of his newly-won belts before his next fight, because of a rematch clause with Wladimir Klitschko.
Joshua added IBO and WBA Super World Heavyweight belts to the IBF belt that he already held by knocking out the Ukrainian last week.
But now he could have to give up the IBF title, just as Tyson Fury did after defeating Klitschko, because the federation has a mandatory challenger who he must fight next.
As reported in several outlets, Fury was also stripped of the IBF belt, because he, like Joshua, had agreed to a rematch with Klitschko.
And Joshua would be happy to do the same, with a rematch prioritised over a bout with mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.
'Talks with the IBF and Pulev's promoter Team Sauerland are ongoing,' Hearn told the Sun.
'By the weekend we should have some clarity but it is very complicated.
'We don't want to drop the IBF belt but if we have to we'll have no problem doing exactly that.
'We won't let boxing politics get in the way of AJ's progression. Ideally, we want all the belts but when you get close, it becomes difficult because of situations like this.
'This is not going away, the IBF always follow their rules just as they did with Fury.
'We could look to do a deal with Pulev and try to make an interim bout for the belt — with the winner of that to face AJ.
While many await to see how this pans out, there is also an eager wait to catch a glimpse of the new world champion in his country of descent especially in the rocky city of Ogun State where Joshua's parents hail from before they relocated to London.