Anthony Joshua has admitted that he would be enthusiastic for a fight with Luis Ortiz to be arranged next year - given that he first safely makes it through his fights against Eric Molina and Wladimir Klitschko.
Joshua was originally anticipated to fight Klitschko this year, with his own belt and the WBA super title - left vacated by Tyson Fury back in October due to failed drug tests - on the line, but the Ukrainian suffered a calf injury meaning that any showdowns between the two will have to wait until next year.
This means that Joshua will now face off against Eric Molina (25-3-KO19) in December, who is looking to strip Joshua of his unbeaten record (17-0-KO17) and his IBF heavyweight belt from him.
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Despite his upcoming challenges, however, Joshua admits to looking beyond those fights to a potential showdown with Ortiz.
Joshua himself revealed that he will be an interested spectator when Ortiz, nicknamed ‘King Kong’, enters the ring this weekend. He is set to make his European debut this weekend against Malik Scott (38-2-1-KO13).
Joshua told Sky Sports: "I see how that is going to unfold. That's another fight, for me, that is no problem.
"Hopefully I defeat Klitschko and then I can fight Luis Ortiz. I will be watching him for sure because he is a competitor in the division that I could face sooner or later, so I have to put him as a priority
"If we fight Ortiz, it would be a good scrap because I like fighting southpaws. I've got a powerful right hand that I could whip into the body or straight to the head.
"It will be a good challenge and a good name to have on the record at some stage, but first let's focus on The Drummer Boy, Eric Molina."
Joshua takes on Molina on December 10, before likely facing Klitschko next year, with March/April the rumoured date.
Who knows what will be in store for AJ following that fight, but it looks like he already has his eyes on someone.
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