Eddie Hearn, promoter for former two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, says the British star is being lined up for a ring return in late March.
Joshua is looking to bounce back after suffering back to back decision losses to unified world champion Oleksandr Usyk.
"At the moment, AJ’s plans are he is due to fight in late March, and we’re locking that in," Hearn told The DAZN Boxing Show.
The frontrunner to face Joshua, is domestic rival Dillian Whyte.
Back in 2015, Joshua knocked Whyte out in seven rounds.
Another possible option is former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
Wilder recently knocked out Robert Helenius in one round. The World Boxing Council ordered Wilder to face former unified champion Andy Ruiz in a final world title eliminator.
In a recent interview, Wilder's co-manager, Shelly Finkel, made it clear that are ready and willing to face Joshua next.
Hearn is open to making that fight happen, but it may not be next.
"Could that be Wilder? Possibly. I’m open to that conversation. In my head, because of the Andy Ruiz situation and everything, it was one for the summer or certainly 2023. We’re more than willing to have that conversation," Hearn explained.
“Obviously, Dillian Whyte’s win during the weekend sort of opens up that situation for Whyte against AJ, but we also understand that AJ against Deontay Wilder is one of the biggest fights in boxing. So definitely, we’d be open to making that fight next or even the one after.
“Maybe [Wilder's handlers are] trying to push the Ruiz fight a little bit, or maybe they want it. I have to reach out to Shelly today. There are a lot of options for Deontay Wilder. Firstly, I have the Anthony Joshua fight, which is a massive fight for Deontay Wilder. I also have the Dillian Whyte fight. I’d still like to make Dillian Whyte against Deontay Wilder. I’d be happy to look at both of those fights."
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