Anthony Joshua has revealed which boxer he wants to fight next

  • Jack Figg
Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker -  World Heavyweight Title Fight

Unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua admitted Deontay Wilder fight is at the top of his list.

The Brit secured the WBO world title last month having beaten Kiwi Joseph Parker at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, the fight was the first time Joshua had gone the full 12 rounds.

Joshua improved on his already impressive collection of WBA, IBF, and IBO titles which means he is just one WBC title away from becoming the first ever unified heavyweight champion in the world, with only Wilder preventing ‘AJ’ from this fate.

Also on the bill at the Principality was Russian Alexander Povetkin, and after the former world champion stopped David Price is five rounds it emerged the WBA have ordered Joshua to begin negotiations with ‘Sasha’.

Despite this threat, Joshua remains clear it is Wilder who he wishes to fight next in his quest for total unification but has not ruled out a later fight with Povetkin.

He was quoted by BBC Sport as saying: "I'd rather fight Wilder so if Povetkin can wait some time in 2019, that would be ideal. This is the issue when you hold more than one belt. You have to abide by each of the governing bodies' rules.

"Some people would prefer there be one belt and one heavyweight champion. That is what we are working towards, wanting to fight Wilder.

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"But each belt comes with eliminators and who you have to fight next, and Povetkin is one of them. Hopefully he can be patient but, if not, I don't think it would make sense giving up this belt so if I have to fight Povetkin then so be it."

Wilder has already had his take on the situation by claiming in an interview with Behind the Gloves this fight cannot be overshadowed by a mandatory defence.

He said: "This is the biggest fight in world boxing.

"You mean to tell me that a mandatory is going to overshadow a unification world-title fight?"


However, Povetkin has made it clear he will not be targeting any fight that doesn’t involve Joshua, despite rumours linking him with a showdown against another Brit Dillian Whyte.

He said: “I’m the mandatory challenger for Joshua. I look forward to the moment when I can compete against the best in the world. Anthony has four belts now. I want this fight and I'm not even thinking about fighting with someone else.”

The WBA have given Joshua and promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing 30 days to negotiate a deal with Povetkin.

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