After the fairly easy night Anthony Joshua had against Carlos Takam a couple of weeks ago, the momentum for who his next opponent will be has sped up massively.
Although Takam wasn't dispatched as easily as many predicted he would be before the fight, Joshua's camp would have seen this as a mere diversion before going for more lucrative bouts down the line.
Several opponents have been floated as potentially facing the current unified champion Joshua next, ranging from a potentially massive bout against American Deontay Wilder, to a slightly less realistic British clash against former champion Tyson Fury. Along with these two, the name of Joseph Parker has never been far behind.
Although Fury is no stranger to making his feelings known on social media, this time it was actually Joseph Parker, who chose to comment on a potential fight today.
Using his Twitter account, the New Zealander makes his feelings known about an apparent fight package put together to face AJ.
The tweet reads: "@anthonyfjoshua thanks for offering me less than half of what you paid Martin, to unify! Do you really want to fight? Make a serious offer #NeverBeenDropped @d_higgins_duco @EddieHearn"
Eddie Hearn quickly leapt to his client's defence by posting a reply for the WBO champion: "Your information is incorrect - come off the Internet and pick up the phone."
There has been no shortage of people publicly stating they want to be the next man to challenge Joshua's undefeated run to date, with Fury publicly posting videos slating the current champion, and Wilder saying he is ready 'right now' for a unification match against the 28-year-old.
While the appetite may be for a bout seeing champion against champion in 2018, it may not be Wilder who Joshua faces off against.
Parker, on paper, would appear to be the easier of the two opponents for Joshua, and would provide and extremely strong test for him, along with a chance to cement his status early in the year.
If Parker does indeed pick up the phone to speak to Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn, we may well see a fight scheduled to unify the IBF, WBO, WBA and IBO titles in the first quarter of next year.News Now - Sport News