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Anthony Joshua and Vitali Klitschko "nearly came to blows" at Wembley, claims promoter Eddie Hearn

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Politics is Vitali Klitschko's game these days but there was nothing diplomatic about his encounter with Anthony Joshua at Wembley.

The older brother of Wladimir and Joshua almost came to blows, promoter Eddie Hearn has claimed, after the Londoner won their April 29 fight in an 11th-round stoppage.

Hearn says Vitali, a former three-time world heavyweight champion who was in his brother's corner, and Joshua were caught in a stare off before the fight in front of 90,000 fans.

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And it almost kicked off between the pair after the fight.

“He and Vitali nearly came to blows after the fight," Hearn told Boxing News while describing what Joshua will have learned from the biggest fight of his career.

"He went over to Wladimir and thanked him and Josh was tired and he went on and on, ‘seriously man,’ talking about the fight, and Vitali was like ‘alright, alright’ [attempting to end the exchange] and Josh was like ‘f---- you.’ But Vitali can handle himself, he’s not exactly a pushover.”

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A few years ago this could have been the start of a beautiful rivalry between AJ and the man who used to be known as 'Dr Ironfist'.

But Vitali's boxing days are over, with his last fight to retain his WBC title against Manuel Charr coming in September 2012.

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Vitali's career ended with an impressive record of 45 wins, 41 by knockout, and two losses to Lennox Lewis in 2003 and Chris Byrd in 2000.

He is the current mayor of Kiev.

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