British IBF champion Anthony Joshua and boxing great Wladimir Klitschko have been cleared to fight for the vacant WBA heavyweight title.

Joshua, who is unbeaten after 17 fights, could meet Ukrainian Klitschko in the first few months of next year.

But the 27-year-old Englishman must first beat American Eric Molina in Manchester on 10 December.

Joshua and former WBA, IBF and WBO champion Klitschko, 40, might have faced each other in December.

Attempts to make that fight happen fell through, with promoter Eddie Hearn blaming confusion over whether the WBA title would be on the line.

Klitschko’s manager, Bernd Boente, claimed the bout fell through because the fighters “ran out of time” to agree a deal.

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