World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has been granted an exception by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) to fight Wladimir Klitschko for their heavyweight title.
The IBF, one of the world’s boxing sanctioning bodies, however, noted that the bout must take place before December 2.
Joshua’s promoters Matchroom Boxing requested the special extension and it was approved by the IBF at their convention.
The governing body ruled that the winner of any potential rematch between Joshua and Klitschko must then face number one contender Kubrat Pulev in a title defence.
They also stipulated that there will be no further exceptions or unification fights beyond December 2.
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