Anthony Joshua names the six fighters he wants to face before he retires

  • Will Day

IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO heavyweight boxing world champion Anthony Joshua has announced in a YouTube interview with Sky Sports Boxing the six fighters he wants to fight before he retires. 

Joshua named Oleksandr Usyk, Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury, Luis Ortiz, Jarrell Miller and Adam Kownacki. 

Joshua’s bout with Fury is the most anticipated fight in heavyweight boxing, maybe even all divisions, it is the fight every boxing fan wants to see. Two boxers, one coming off a win against Deontay Wilder and one who holds four of the five belts the heavyweight division offers. 

Fury, who is currently unbeaten in his professional boxing career, has, like Joshua, beaten Wladimir Klitschko, so it would be interesting to see the two collide together inside the ropes.

The only difference between the meetings with the Ukrainian is that Fury beat a younger and fitter Klitschko, while Joshua beat a Klitschko who was on the way out. 

Joshua vs Wilder is a fight that could go under the radar in order of importance now that the American isn’t a champion. Although Wilder is still regarded by most as the hardest hitting heavyweight in the world, so a fight between the pair would be epic.

Wilder always poses a threat with that massive left hook, however, most heavyweight boxing fans agree that Joshua would see him off. 

With Joshua not able to fight Fury until at least the summer of 2021 now with the WBC demanding mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte fight the title holder, it is thought Joshua will use this time to fight Oleksandr Usyk. 

Usyk recently moved up to the heavyweight division after obliterating the cruiserweight division. 

The southpaw fighter has a record of 17 wins (13KOs) and 0 losses and was the first cruiserweight in the history of the division to hold all four major world championship belts. 

Anyone who knows anything about the Ukrainian will tell you how much of a threat he is to Joshua. Despite having a knockout percentage of 76.47%, Usyk is no stranger to a boxing masterclass and would be a great challenge for Joshua. 

Jarrell Miller shouldn’t even be on this list as AJ was set to fight him June 1, 2019, however, a failed drug test meant the bout had to be scrapped.

Joshua fought Dereck Chisora early on in his career, and Miller is a very similar fighter to him. Despite this, Miller is a much more measured and composed fighter than Chisora and can handle being wobbled. 

Miller has a professional record of 23 wins, 0 losses and one draw. His only draw came back in 2013 when he drew to Joey Dawejko. 

It is interesting and important to note that Big Baby has never fought outside the US, and if Eddie Hearn can get Miller to fight outside of the US, that could work in AJ’s favour and be a psychological advantage from the get-go. 

Luis Ortiz is an interesting one as he has lost twice to Wilder, and if Joshua did beat Wilder before facing Ortiz, it would raise questions as to whether AJ would need to fight him. 

Although Wilder has beat Ortiz twice, the Cuban is still a very worthy challenger and has a record of 31 wins (26KOs) and two losses (2 KOs). 

Finally, there is Adam Kownacki. This is a very interesting call from AJ as Kownacki is currently ranked as the number 10 in terms of heavyweight rankings. 

Joshua obviously sees a threat in Kownacki and looking at his record it is any wonder as he currently has 20 wins (15KOs) and one loss (1KO). 

Babyface, as he his known in the boxing world, lost his most recent fight via TKO to Robert Helenius (29,3,0). 

Joshua-Kownacki currently isn’t a priority fight for the Brit, however, if Kownacki can land some big fights for himself and win them, this could get him a fight with AJ.

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