POST KLITSCHKO: JOSHUA TO FIGHT WHO NEXT?

Though British boxing heavy weight champion Anthony Joshua is still basking in the joy of seeing off Wladimir Klitschko, there is already a big debate on who he would fight next.


His Klitschko fight drew 90,000 fans and after his 11th round winner, his next fight should see a similar or better crowd attendance.

Top on that list would be a rematch with Wladimir. A second defeat would send the Ukrainian to retirement – despite having two more fights on his contract – but look at the prospect of a stalemate in the series if he gets a shock victory. The fight lived to the pre fight hype and many would dream of seeing the 41-year old retire after his third straight defeat.

Klitschko could go out after the heroic defeat unlike his loss to Tyson Fury but he insists he has a rematch clause in his deal.

Aside a rematch, the biggest prospect would be a match against a fellow Klitschko slayer and compatriot Fury. Fury feels he did not get the same praise for seeing off Klitschko first so he would want to prove a point against AJ. Fury has promised to get in shape and Joshua can wait.

Perhaps a bigger spectacle would be the unification match against 31-year old, big-hitting American star Deontay Wilder. AJ could use the opportunity to add the WBC belt to his titles as Wilder wants it.

After Joseph Parker won the WBO belt last year, he became a top shot. If he defends his title in May, he could get to face Wilder to build hype before he could fight AJ as a fellow young fighter being just 25 years.

The WBA mandatory challenger is Luis Ortiz but AJ can ask for a permit to avoid him despite his 27-0 record. On the other hand, AJ could entertain the thought of ending his run and sending the 38-year old Cuban out early.

 

 

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