Wladimir Klitschko made it back-to-back defeats on Saturday night when he suffered an 11th-round stoppage defeat to Britain’s Anthony Joshua.
The 27-year-old retained his IBF heavyweight title inside a jam-packed Wembley Stadium in London, and on his way to picking up the biggest victory of his young career, he added the vacant IBO and WBA ‘super’ heavyweight titles to his arsenal as well.
As expected, talk is turning to who Joshua could be fighting next as he looks to progress his career after the marquee win.
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A rematch with Dr. Steelhammer is on the cards as it was reportedly in the contract they had signed, while Joshua seemed more interested in calling out Tyson Fury for an all-British clash as the latter vacated the titles after defeating Klitschko in their outing.
Joseph Parker has a title, as does Deontay Wilder – so it’s an exciting time to be a boxing fan, especially in the heavyweight division.
However, there’s one man whose name hasn’t been mentioned and he’s the mandatory challenger for Joshua’s WBA title, Luis Ortiz.
The WBA president claimed that the winner could get a special permit to have a voluntary defence before fighting the hard-hitting Cuban, whereas Matchroom Sports promoter Eddie Hearn even claimed Joshua could vacate the gold as different governing bodies would have different demands.
The Real King Kong doesn’t seem too bothered by it though, as he boldly claimed that should he and Joshua cross paths, he’d knock him out within eight rounds.
Ortiz told Boxing Scene: “I feel more than ever that I will KO Joshua within eight rounds.
“I also feel that after Klitschko dropped Joshua with one punch that Eddie Hearn will never let Joshua get in the ring with me.
“To me, Klitschko let him off the hook. I wouldn’t have. I would have had him out of there in that sixth round.”
Ortiz also noted that his name wasn’t mentioned by Joshua following his win, as he proceeded to call out Fury; claiming that he needs to fight the best to beat the best and officially called him out.
He added: “You heard it yourself, how Joshua didn’t mention my name knowing I’m next for him, but he called Fury out after.
“It’s my time and I want my WBA belt so yeah, I’m calling Joshua out.
“If he likes, he can just give up the belt but if not, then October or November sounds good to me, so it’s your move boy, to be the best you have to fight the best.”
There’s nothing stopping Ortiz from pursuing the WBA crown, and you can firmly throw his name into the hat as a potential big-name challenger for AJ as the heavyweight division continues to churn out potentially exciting fights.
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