Anthony Joshua fight announcement set for this week

Anthony Joshua may soon have his return to the ring confirmed after promoter Eddie Hearn teased an imminent announcement.

Following his shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr, the Brit boxer is set for a rematch with his conqueror later this year.

Hearn tweeted a snap of Joshua in training with the caption: “The fire burns stronger!

“The hard work dropping soon.”

Much of the pre-announcement talk has been centred on the venue for Joshua vs Ruiz Jr II.

Having lost the first bout in New York, Hearn has suggested his man is open to “going back to the scene of the crime”.

At this stage, the Matchroom promoter describes the chances of it being in America or the UK as “50/50” but did post a British flag emoji on Sunday’s tweet.

Joshua lost to the US-born Mexican in June.

Before that night, he had only fought two contests in the previous 18 months, drawing accusations of lacking competitive practice.

And yet the rematch isn’t set to take place until late November or early December.

In the meantime, Joshua’s old rivals at the top of the heavyweight division, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, have agreed to do battle on February 22, 2020.

Next up for American star Wilder, who still holds the WBC title, is a rematch with Luis Ortiz in Los Angeles on September 28.

A week later, 30-year-old Fury is booked in to fight an as-yet unnamed opponent at Madison Square Garden after downing Tom Schwarz in two rounds last month.

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