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Joshua to defend IBF title in November

2016-09-02 18:16
Anthony Joshua (Getty Images)

London - Britain's Anthony Joshua will mount the latest defence of his IBF heavyweight title at the Manchester Arena on November 26.

Joshua last fought when he stopped Dominic Breazeale in seven rounds in June and the undefeated 26-year-old's next challenger is to be announced by the end of September.

After a demanding run of seven fights in 15 months, Joshua took a five-month break, but the 2012 Olympic gold medallist's November bout, announced by Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, signals another busy period.

Hearn spoke earlier in the week of a three-fight plan for Joshua that begins on November 26, is followed by a further defence against mandatory challenger Joseph Parker in March, and then concludes with a voluntary bout at Wembley Stadium against one of the division's biggest names.

"When I first started my professional career I travelled all round the country fighting, which I loved, this is taking me back to the grass roots," Joshua said on Friday.

"I can't wait to get back up north and show the people of Manchester how much I have improved since the last time I was there. I have been inspired over the summer by the fighters in the Olympics, it has given me a new perspective and huge hunger to get back in ring."

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