What’s next for Anthony Joshua? Who will he fight next?

Anthony Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) will probably be making his third consecutive protection of his WBA (tremendous), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles towards Oleksander Usyk (18-0, 13 KOs) on Saturday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England. If Joshua defeats Usyk, there will probably be one anticipated possibility for his bout: 

Tyson Fury. 

Fury, who’s the WBC and The Ring journal heavyweight champion, and Joshua agreed to a two-fight deal in March to unify their titles. Nonetheless, after an announcement the 2 would struggle on Aug. 14, a choose in a U.S. court docket dominated Fury must struggle Deontay Wilder for a 3rd time, which can happen on Oct. 9. 

Assuming Fury and Joshua every win their respective defenses, their megafight might be on the horizon. However in boxing, it’s all the time unknown if the highest fighters of their respective divisions will ever face off of their primes (see: Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez). 

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Right here’s a present take a look at the top-ranked fighters within the heavyweight division by ESPN and the place Joshua may go subsequent if he beats Usyk. 

Rating Fighter Document
1 Tyson Fury 30-0-1 (21 KOs)
2 Anthony Joshua 24-1 (22 KOs)
3 Deontay Wilder 42-1-1 (41 KOs)
4 Oleksandr Usyk 18-0 (13 KOs)
5 Andy Ruiz Jr. 34-2 (22 KOs)
6 Dillian Whyte 28-2 (19 KOs)
7 Joseph Parker 29-2 (21 KOs)
8 Joe Joyce 13-0 (12 KOs)
9 Michael Hunter 20-1-1 (14 KOs)
10 Luis Ortiz 32-2 (27 KOs)

Fury vs. Wilder, the subsequent massive heavyweight bout 

Fury will face Wilder for a 3rd time on Oct. 9, culminating a trilogy that may find yourself deciding who will face Joshua or maybe Usyk for the undisputed heavyweight crown. 

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Fury received the final bout between the 2 in February 2020 by technical knockout. After the bout, Wilder created controversy by saying his 45-pound pre-fight costume contributed to him having “no legs” throughout the bout. He additionally claimed Fury tampered together with his gloves, inflicting his ear to bleed within the second struggle. 

No matter what occurred in that bout, Fury and Wilder are anticipated to settle their rating with their third struggle. The pair drew of their first assembly in December of 2018, a struggle Fury arguably received although Wilder had a pair of fearsome knockdowns, together with this one within the twelfth spherical. 

Listed below are highlights of Fury’s win over Wilder of their second struggle, which featured two knockdowns of his personal. 

Story of the tape: Joshua vs. Fury/Wilder 

Right here’s a take a look at how Joshua would evaluate to Fury or Wilder in a possible conflict. 

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Fighter Document Top Attain Stance
Tyson Fury 30-0-1 (21 KOs) 6-foot-9 85 inches Orthodox
Anthony Joshua 24-1 (22 KOs) 6-foot-6 82 inches Orthodox
Deontay Wilder 42-1-1 (41 KOs) 6-foot-7 83 inches Orthodox

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