Where next for Anthony Joshua is the question on everybody’s lips. After his impressive 7th round stoppage of number one contender Alexander Povetkin. Here we rank the chances of him facing each of the top 3 contenders.
This is the fight that Joshua’s team say they want. Negotiations between the 2 have been going on for months, if not years, but a deal has yet to be agreed. AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn claims that they have offered Wilder big money, more than he’d make against anyone else, but Wilder claims he deserves a lot more. Wilder looks set to be fighting Tyson Fury in December which confuses matters somewhat. If Wilder loses, then there is not a lot of point in AJ trying to get the Bronze Bomber to agree to a deal and his value will go down dramatically.
Chances – 7/10
The next mandatory Joshua may have looks likely to be Dillian Whyte. Whyte won a controversial points decision against Joseph Parker earlier this year and has fought AJ before, in a bout where Joshua handed Whyte his only loss. Whyte is also a potential fight for Deontay Wilder, although that looks unlikely now that the Fury fight has been agreed. The unpredictability of the Fury Wilder fight makes a potential Joshua Whyte rematch more likely, as it will be a lot easier to negotiate than a Joshua Fury bout, which could be given a short deadline if Whyte becomes the mandatory challenger.
Chances – 8/10
The undefeated Gypsy King is back and he is taking on all comers. A fight with Anthony Joshua would be one of the biggest in British boxing history, and it is fair to say they’re not fans of each other. The only way Fury can make this fight happen though, is with a convincing win over Deontay Wilder. Even then, negotiations may prove difficult due to the bad blood between the pair. This fight must happen at some point though so why not next? The build-up alone will be electric and the fight would sell out Wembley Stadium in seconds. First up for Fury, though, is Wilder and he must show the quality he showed when he beat Wladimir Klitschko if he is going to dethrone the Bronze Bomber.
Chances – 4/10