Is 2020 finally the year where Anthony Joshua meets one of the heavyweight big guns in their prime?
There’s no denying that his win over Wladimir Klitschko in 2017 was epic, but the Ukrainian was 41 years old at that time.
Wins over Carlos Takam, Joseph Parker and Alexander Povetkin followed, but AJ’s world was shaken up in June when he was on the receiving end of a shock defeat at the hands of Andy Ruiz Jr.
Joshua got his revenge in Saudi Arabia last month to reclaim his belts, but you’d think that now is the time to really push for a fight with one of the big two – Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury.
Those two men of course face-off again on February 22, whilst Joshua has to deal with his mandatories – Kubrat Pulev and the dynamic Oleksandr Usyk – but a super-fight with the winner of WIlder-Fury 2 is surely the fight to make for late 2020.
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Joshua has offered to spar with Fury ahead of the big showdown in Las Vegas, but Wilder is arguably the fight that boxing fans want to see more.
And AJ has predicted what would happen if he was to step inside the ring with the Bronze Bomber after analysing his second victory over Luis Ortiz.
“He wouldn’t be there to do that in the seventh round. I would go in to knock him out. It’s heavyweight against heavyweight, champion against champion,” Joshua told Sky Sports.
“This is a serious fight, so I ain’t going to go in there to try and outbox him for 12 rounds, because of his punching power as well.
I’ve got to go in there and take him out. Don’t let him get too comfortable in the ring with me.
Wilder’s been on the floor in his early career before, but he’s never been KO’d as a professional.
That may change either on February 22, or if he ever goes face-to-face with Joshua – and if history tells us anything, it may probably never happen.
The fans will always dream though, and maybe it’ll become a reality this year.