It has been confirmed that Anthony Joshua will defend his IBF heavyweight title on June 25 at the O2 Arena but who will step up to the ring to fight the undefeated youngster?
Watford-based Joshua will return to the arena which saw him crowned champion against Charles Martin inside two rounds last month- that much we do know - but his opponent is yet to be announced.
Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn, claims his client's meteoric rise to the top of the heavyweight division will lead to further fame in America in the future. In order to do so, Joshua's next scalp is expected to be an American, to spread his name globally and build up the hype for his inevitable clash with Tyson Fury in the foreseeable future.
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Bryant Jennings (19-2 KO10) is one name being thrown around as a possible opponent for 26-year-old Joshua. The 31-year-old American lost his first professional fight last year, albeit after challenging Wladimir Klitschko for his world titles. A newcomer onto the world-stage just like the Englishman, Jennings could be a big enough name to sell plenty of pay-per-views, while his most recent defeat to Luis Ortiz will give Joshua plenty of confidence he can beat the New-York based boxer.
Joshua's fight with Dillan Whyte led to some tasty trash talk with 'The Villain' and his entourage, which included American boxer Malik Scott (38-2-1 KO13) among them.
The 35-year-old may not have the same chin he once had but the fire between him and Joshua has already been fueled after the veteran piped up during Whyte's press conference to beckon Joshua, who later refused to shake hands with the American after the fight. Scott would hopefully be able to take Joshua past the opening rounds and test the youngster with his tenacious style.
Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1 KO21) provided another up-and-coming youngster with his toughest test to date when the 37-year-old fought Deontay Wilder. The veteran's chin was able to absorb his opponent's knock-out power and take the fight to the judges - the only time Wilder has not ended a fight early in his 36 fights. Wilder is America's answer to Joshua and a big money fight could see the Haiti national off nicely into retirement.