What's next for Anthony Joshua? A third fight with Andy Ruiz, newcomer Oleksandr Usyk, an all-British heavyweight clash or maybe a unification fight with Deontay Wilder?
After delivering a boxing masterclass to see of Andy Ruiz Jr in the rematch on Saturday, questions have already been turned to what next for Anthony Joshua. The Brit beat Ruiz, who stunned the boxing world back in June in New York, by a unanimous points decision to regain his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight title in Saudi Arabia.Here, Sportsmail takes a look at what comes next for the 30-year-old British heavyweight...
Deontay Wilder says a unification fight with Anthony Joshua " definitely has to happen " after the Brit regained his heavyweight world titles by beating Andy Ruiz Jr earlier this Deontay Wilder says a showdown with Anthony Joshua has to happen as he reflects on Tyson Fury and meeting the Pope.
Deontay Wilder has said a unification fight with Anthony Joshua " definitely has to happen " after Deontay Wilder says a showdown with Anthony Joshua has to happen as the WBC heavyweight Who next for AJ ? World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua weighs up his rivals and future
Deontay Wilder says a unification fight with Anthony Joshua "definitely has to happen" after the Brit regained his heavyweight world titles by beating Andy Ruiz Jr earlier this month.
Joshua won back his WBA, IBF and WBO belts with a dominant points victory over Ruiz in Saudi Arabia last weekend, and took to social media on Saturday to reiterate his desire to become the division's undisputed champion.
Wilder is expected to defend his WBC title against former world champion Tyson Fury in February but has urged the sport's fans to intensify their demand for a bout with Joshua.
"It definitely has to happen," Wilder said. "I've been trying to make that happen for a long time and we'll see what happens.
AJ: Fury wants me, faster than Wilder!
Anthony Joshua believes Tyson Fury would accept a fight "faster than Deontay Wilder" and even offered to help his fellow Brit prepare for the WBC champion. Joshua regained his WBA 'super', IBF and WBO belts with a dominant points win over Andy Ruiz Jr in their rematch and remains determined to become the division's undisputed champion.Fury is expected to confirm his second fight against Wilder in February after they battled to a draw last December, with Joshua backing his fellow countryman to collect the WBC belt to set up a blockbuster fight in 2020.
IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champions Anthony Joshua says a WBC title fight against Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder " has to happen in 2020".
Hearn says aj will beat wilder .
"I know he's probably getting a hell of a lot of people you know, telling him to fight, fight, fight, because we have been down this road once before.
"So as boxing fans, we know how it goes now. Especially the boxing fans, you can't be fooled at this point in time, from the first time.
"So the second time we should put more pressure, more force that the fans want to see one champion, one face, one name in the heavyweight division."
Joshua is likely to be required to make at least one mandatory title defence in 2020 against either Kubrat Pulev or Oleksandr Usyk, with promoter Eddie Hearn slating April or May as the most probable months for his return to the ring.
However, on Saturday Joshua reiterated his desire to face Wilder, tweeting: "Let's get Undisputed trending! That's what I want & that's what the people want.. I want it bad! I came to take over & not take part!"
Anthony Joshua: Sparring Tyson Fury would benefit me
The chance to spar with Tyson Fury ahead of his rematch with Deontay Wilder is one Anthony Joshua believes would benefit him.Fury is set to return to the ring in February for a rematch with WBC champion Deontay Wilder, a contest that two-time IBF, WBA and WBO champion Joshua will have a keen eye on.
ANTHONY JOSHUA has launched his "Undisputed" social media campaign in a desperate bid to force Deontay Wilder to finally fight him. The British star, 30, is determined to finally land a unification fight with the Bronze Bomber and is pushing on all fronts to seal the deal.
Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum could be unavailable for the Club World Cup having picked up an injury on Saturday, but will travel with the squad to Qatar. Wilder : AJ fight definitely has to happen .
With Wilder equally keen to make the bout happen, the American appeared to suggest it is simply a question of timing.
"I think it will happen. It definitely can happen," Wilder said.
"When you say it 'will,' you got to consider the time frame, it will happen, but when will it happen?
"And that's the point that I'm at, when will it happen? Because as a champion with the most prestigious, well-known belt in all of boxing, I'm willing and able to put it up at any given time."
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Who will be the 2020 heavyweight king? .
Anthony Joshua's rematch win against Andy Ruiz Jr means the heavyweight division will explode into life in 2020 . But who will be the king, this time next year? Anthony Joshua With his IBF, WBA and WBO belts back in tow after beating Ruiz Jr in their rematch, Joshua holds all except one of the major divisional titles.But mandatory obligations are looming. Kubrat Pulev, the IBF's choice, is in line to be his first fight of 2020.Deontay Wilder © Getty Deontay Wilder The WBC champion and, even before Joshua lost to Ruiz Jr six months ago, the longest-reigning of the heavyweight title-holders.