Tyson Fury: Wembley Stadium is booked for Anthony Joshua fight next April

In the wake of Joshua's win over Wladimir Klitschko Fury is back in training and providing a UKAD ban is overturned is lining up a battle of Britain with the world champion next year

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Tyson Fury claims Eddie Hearn has already booked Wembley Stadium for a much-anticipated fight between him and Anthony Joshua.

Fury has not fought since stunning Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 after high-profile battles with drugs and mental health issues.

But in the wake of Joshua's 11th round knockout win over the Ukrainian last month Fury is back in training and providing a UK Anti-Doping ban is overturned is lining up a battle of Britain with world champion Joshua next year.

And he claims Joshua's promoter Hearn is already putting plans in place.

"Eddie Hearn has already booked Wembley Stadium for next April," he told the Daily Telegraph. "There isn't another stadium where it should take place. I would fight Joshua in October but I believe Klitschko will take the rematch.

"Deep down, I don't think they want to fight me yet. Joshua struggled with Klitschko. And I took Klitschko to school, toyed with him, put my hands behind my back, literally, while he was letting his cannons go, slipping out of the way of them. They are not ready for that.

"A lot of people have picked AJ to beat me, but I've said many times that we are in a sport called "the sweet science" and it's not a body-building contest or a strongman competition. Joshua is an easy fight for me."

Hearn has already conceded that a fight with Fury is firmly on Joshua's radar but says it won't be next with a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko or a clash with No 1 challenger Kubrat Pulev more likely.

“Believe me when I say that there is nothing that I or AJ would want more than to see Tyson back in the ring, but it won’t be next – Tyson just won’t be ready,” Hearn said, writing in his Daily Mail column.

“Physically he is not at the races and he has a lot to resolve in terms of his doping hearing and getting his licence back. Those have to be sorted before we can make anything happen. If they do get sorted, then it is a huge option for us in the short to mid-term future. We all know that AJ would love that fight."