Anthony Joshua has already confirmed when he will next fight, and that’s on April 13, 2019 at Wembley Stadium.
After AJ’s latest knockout win, against Alexander Povetkin in September again at Wembley, attention soon turned to who will be next for the WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight champion.
Logically, the winner between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, who fight for the WBC heavyweight title on December 1, would be next for Joshua.
However, it seems Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn still favour a fight with Wilder, having failed to negotiate a fight with the American previously.
With Fury’s name not being mentioned by Joshua, and the possibility that a fight with Wilder again could fail to be agreed, other names have also been thrown into the mix for that April 2019 date.
Most notably, former Joshua opponent Dillian Whyte, who the unified world champion beat in 2015 for the British title.
Hearn and Joshua have both expressed interest in a rematch with Whyte; however, he has to get past his rival Dereck Chisora who he meets in a rematch on December 22, having beaten ‘Del Boy’ via split decision in 2016.
Joshua discusses potential next opponents
Joshua told Sky Sports he still favours a fight with Wilder, but the winner between Whyte and Chisora could also be an option, as AJ struggled to split the two rivals who meet at the O2 in December.
"I am not out again until next year, April 13. You know we're ready Wilder. Whatever, we are ready," Joshua said.
"Just be realistic on the negotiations because that's your issue not mine.
"I want Chisora to win because he's my guy, north west London. I respect him. He's a Finchley ABC ambassador and he was a role model when I was coming through.
"And Dillian, I want him to win because I want to box him again. Come April 13, if Wilder doesn't step up, they're my two options.
"Good luck to Chisora, good luck to Whyte, they're both relevant wins for me."
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