Anthony Joshua.

Anthony Joshua has revealed the two opponents he wants to fight after Takam

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Anthony Joshua has had a sensational start to his professional boxing career.

After blitzing through his first eight fights, the London 2012 gold medal winner won the vacant WBC heavyweight title with another swift stoppage against Denis Bakhtov.

He has since gone on to add three more belts to his collection, having won the IBF heavyweight title against Charles Martin, and the WBA and IBO heavyweight titles against Wladamir Klitschko in April.

Joshua was scheduled to put his belts on the line against Kubrat Pulev, but a shoulder injury sustained in training by the Bulgarian forced him to call off the fight.

Therefore, Carlos Takam is now the Englishman's opponent for Saturday's fight, who was only made aware he would be fighting Joshua just 12 days before the bout.

Although Joshua will be focusing on the challenge of Takam, the Watford born fighter has revealed who he wants to fight after the Frenchman.

In an exclusive with the Evening Standard, Joshua revealed he would like to fight either Tyson Fury or Dillian Whyte in his next bout.

Regarding a potential fight with Fury, Joshua said: "A lot of people talk about Tyson Fury and I getting it together in the ring and we speak — not talking like mates, just 'I’m going to knock you out', that sort of thing.

"Trust me, we will get down and dirty as soon as we can. 

"He brings attention to the sport so, of course, we want him to come back.

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"You need physical and mental strength against a Fury and that’s why I want to fight him.

"I am always going to be positive about Fury and think that he is going to come back. That’s the fight that we all want, it’s a brilliant fight."

Despite admitting that a bout with Deontay Wilder may have to be his next test, Joshua also announced he is craving a rematch with Whyte, and even confessed he tried to fight him as a replacement for Pulev.

Joshua continued: "However, I also want that rematch with Dillian Whyte. I even brought his name up for Cardiff but Takam is higher ranked.

"You need Whyte’s mentality in a proper fight. In shorter, amateur bouts you need skill, in a 12-round heavyweight fight you need a bit of skill and a lot of heart and guts.

"I could go on to have 40-50 fights and win them all and have a great career but in years to come, people will remember fights against Whyte along with the one with Wladimir Klitschko.

"That’s why I wanted the Klitschko rematch and that’s why I want the Whyte one, because we bring the best out of each other."

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