Date: 10th June 2017 at 11:38am
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Boxing politics can be a right pain in the backside.

Thankfully, earlier this week, the IBF saw sense and didn?t threaten to strip Anthony Joshua of the IBF version of the heavyweight titles after they accepted a re-match with Wladimir Klitschko was a good idea.

However, they did insist that the fight must have taken place before December 2nd, otherwise Joshua will, just like Tyson Fury, be stripped of the belt. It?s a shame that Tyson wasn?t given such leeway.

But, with Joshua?s path mapped out whereby he?d take on Klitschko first and then fulfil his mandatory obligation to fight Kubrat Pulev, it seems that it isn?t certain that Joshua will keep hold of all the titles he currently holds.

Joshua, at the moment, is the most marketable heavyweight champion out there and Eddie Hearn has made no secret of the fact he has a vision of where he wishes to take Joshua and it?s a vision he will not let Boxing politics get in the way of, remarking to the media,

?I have said before and I?ll say it again.

?We will not let politics get in the way of the progression of Anthony Joshua, of where we want to take Anthony Joshua, of where he wants to go, of what ground he wants to break. We have to be smart, of course follow the rules, accept the rules and make the right decisions for his career.?

It seems inevitable that although Joshua has ambitious plans of unifying the whole heavyweight division boxing politics will, somewhere down the line, thwart those plans.