Anthony Joshua is a sensation. He almost seems to transcend the sport of boxing, and he holds a place in British culture by himself.
‘AJ’ has conquered the world with a smile on his face and a nice word for everyone. But don’t mistake his humility for passiveness – this man is a ferocious brawler.
He proved just that with a stunning knockout out victory over Alexander Povetkin on Saturday evening, but what is next for the Watford-native?
Wembley is booked for April of 2019, who will risk stepping into the ring with the colossal belt-holder?
Here are the possible fighters:
We thought we were getting it after Joshua beat Joseph Parker, maybe now will be the time for Wilder to travel across the Atlantic to set up a division unifying fight. Wilder will have an obstacle of his own to navigate in the meantime, as his fight with Tyson Fury has been confirmed.
And, the other half of that fight. The self-styled ‘Gypsy King’ would do well to get past Wilder, but if he did, he would set up a division unifying clash at Wembley with AJ. It would go down as one of the biggest domestic sporting events in history.
Whyte has launched himself back into the limelight this year. A victory against Joseph Parker followed a superb display against Lucas Browne, and the lone blemish on the Brixton-native’s record remains Anthony Joshua. A rematch at Wembley in April? Certainly not out of the question.
The 34-year-old is fresh off a knockout victory against Carlos Takam, and has not fought Joshua before in his completely bizarre, sprawling career. Whilst it looks to be an easy fight on paper for AJ, don’t rule out the carryover contest.
The 30-year-old Miller is reaching a crossroads in his career. An impressive 21-0-1 record features few big scalps, and a move across the pond might give him the chance to go to the next level – whether he wins or loses.
Ortiz suffered a defeat at the hands of Deontay Wilder in March, but bounced back with a swift KO victory over Razvan Cojanu in the summer. Could be another option of Hearn needs to find a similar calibre fight to Chisora.