Last Saturday Anthony Joshua defeated Josh Parker in what turned to be a rather boring match. The exciting part is yet to come, and it has everything to do with the next Joshua’s opponent.
For the last few days, the media have been discussing who would be the next fighter to face 28-year-old Joshua. The most logical move for Joshua is Deontay Wilder. We will see the clash between the American and the Briton undoubtedly, but the Wilder fight probably won’t happen before the summer.
After being called out, Wilder accepted the challenge. The American’s manager, Shelly Finkel confirmed that Deontay is ready to defend his WBC title against Joshua. “We want to make it public that Deontay wants the fight, and we are prepared to come over, or meet here and get the deal done. Deontay is ready to sign and come to the UK to fight this summer,” he said.
We now know what Wilder’s plans for the summer are. But before the summer, the chances are Joshua will have another opponent before facing the American WBC titleholder.
Joshua is confident that Wilder needs this fight more than he does. Joshua is 28, his professional career summary is pristine, and boxing fans will come to watch his bouts anywhere he goes. The Briton believes he’s in a position that Wilder didn’t manage to create after ten years of professional boxing.
After the Parker fight, Joshua also called out Tyson Fury. BBC’s Mike Costello thinks Joshua’s next rival would be Tyson Fury. Costello also said that Joshua doesn’t stand a chance against Fury, who’s been out of the ring for two years now. British boxing fans are eager to see this fight happening soon. The most reputable betting sites in the UK favour Tyson as the next Joshua’s rival.
With all of this in mind, we might actually see the Joshua-Fury fight before anything else. We expect more updates on the topic this week, so stay tuned.