Anthony Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn would love to see his fighter take on controversial former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury next year.

Earlier this month, Fury said he wants to make a comeback in 2018, despite previously saying he would not be applying for a new boxing license.

He has not fought for nearly two years since defeating Wladimir Klitschko to take the world heavyweight title. The 29-year-old lost his boxing licence last October after admitting to taking cocaine. He also revealed that he has been struggling with depression.

Joshua successfully defended his IBF and WBA heavyweight titles against Carlos Takam in Cardiff on Saturday and either WBO champion Joseph Parker and WBC champion Deontay Wilder appear the most likely next opponents.

However, Hearn has not ruled out the prospect of a headline-grabbing bout with Fury, who is still waiting for a final ruling from UK Anti-Doping on a suspended drugs ban after the hearing was adjourned in July.

"I think the Wilder fight is potentially one of the biggest in world boxing and I think that fight is realistically going to happen in the summer of 2018," he told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek.

"But Tyson Fury is a guy who we'd love to see come into the sport. Whether that'll happen or not is another issue.

"The problem for him is to overcome the governing body and UK Anti-Doping.

"I think he will come back. I think at some point he will wake up one morning and think, 'I've got to get myself together here' and go challenge in these big fights.

"If he does, with one or two fights, then I'd love to see the Anthony Joshua fight and I'd like to see it in 2018."