Anthony Joshua reveals his three-man title defence wishlist

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Anthony Joshua has listed three opponents as part of his heavyweight hit-list as the British boxer continues his preparations for the second defence of his IBF crown.

In an interview with 2017 Boxing News Annual, the 27-year-old was asked to name three opponents he would choose to face if he had just three fights left in his career.

"I can only have three? [Tyson] Fury, Dillian [Whyte] and [Deontay] Wilder," Joshua said, as per the Mirror.

Having already beaten his former amateur rival Whyte after a seventh round knockout win last December, the Olympic gold medalist fancies yet another contest with his old friend.

However, a fight against Wilder seems the most likely out of the three, while a potential encounter with Fury will have to be scheduled for a date much further into the future as the 28-year-old continues his rehabilitation after problems with drugs and depression.

Another name touted to be interesting in fighting the IBF champ is David Haye, who last fought in May, but the former WBA champion did not make the cut Joshua's three-man shortlist.

The current IBF champion's last fight against Whyte was an intriguing one as it was the first time the 2012 Olympic champion was given some of his own treatment, but Joshua insists that it was fairly straightforward.

He commented: "Watch the fight. I got caught, I recovered in two seconds. He hit me with another right hand, I recovered, I kept on fighting, I knock him out.

"It was quite a simple fight but I fought with a lot of passion and aggression. It was one of those fights, it was a scrap, it was do or die, it was last man standing."

Joshua is set to face Eric Molina on Dec 10 at the Manchester Arena and providing he wins, a fight with Wladimir Klitschko in the spring looks on the cards.

The contest against Molina will be Joshua's second defence of his IBF title, after successfully retaining it against Dominic Breazeale in June.

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