Oleksandr Usyk is one of the hottest names in world boxing at the moment. The unrivalled champion of the cruiserweight division, the 32-year-old is undefeated in 16 professional fights.
Tipped to make the move up to the heavyweight division, people are already thinking about the high-calibre opponents the Ukrainian might face off against.
Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury are currently in the midst of settling their own drawn contest from last year, and as such there is little speculation either of them will take on the Olympic gold medallist any time soon.
As for AJ however, it might be a very different story.
Promoter Eddie Hearn is preparing to take Usyk up a weight class with a contest against Alexander Povetkin of Russia, and is already seeing the path for a fight with Joshua – his prize fighter.
Asked by Sky Sports if the Watford-native could take on the southpaw this year, Hearn said:
No. That fight comes in 2020.
Usyk will fight in May, probably in his heavyweight debut, potentially against Alexander Povetkin,
Then he’ll have one more. Then it looks like the WBO will make him mandatory for Anthony Joshua.
I see that fight happening in spring 2020.