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On Monday night, Fury announced on social media that he intended to compete on May 13 – the first time since winning the WBA, IBF and WBO titles against Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 – but it appears that his intentions have been met by a number of stumbling blocks

The 27-year-old’s IBF heavyweight title will be on the line, as well as the vacant IBO and WBA Super crowns, when the two men lock horns at Wembley Stadium on April 29 in front of a record crowd

Fury has not fought since beating Wladimir Klitschko for the IBF, WBA and WBO titles in November 2015, pulling out of a rematch a year later for medical reasons before relinquishing his titles in October

The Ukrainian has 53 stoppage wins in his 68 fights, including five in his last eight, a statistic which he claims proves that, despite being 41 when the Joshua clash takes place at Wembley, he is getting better with age

Joshua, 27, has recently begun working full-time again with McCracken, who trained him as an amateur, helping him win Olympic gold at London 2012

The pair have long been tipped to face each other during Joshua’s rise up through the heavyweight ranks, and Hearn made the announcement after the Brit’s third-round stoppage of Eric Molina at Manchester Arena

The pair had initially hoped to meet on December 10, but a delay in the governing body making a decision on the fight and a minor injury to Klitschko meant that plans were scrapped until next year

Two attempts to stage a rematch collapsed because the Briton suffered an ankle injury and was then declared “medically unfit”. Fury has since vacated his WBO and WBA titles.

The International Boxing Federation removed the world heavyweight champion’s belt as he has failed to set up a bout with mandatory challenger, Vyacheslav Glazkov