Monday, November 29

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

Anthony Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) will make his third consecutive defense of his WBA (super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles against Oleksander Usyk (18-0, 13 KOs) on Saturday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. , England. If Joshua defeats Usyk, there will be an expected option for his fight:

Tyson Fury.

Fury, who is the WBC and The Ring magazine heavyweight champion, and Joshua agreed to a two-fight deal in March to unify their titles. However, after an announcement that the two would fight on August 14, a US court judge ruled that Fury would have to fight Deontay Wilder for the third time, which will take place on October 9.

Assuming Fury and Joshua each win their respective defenses, their mega fight could be on the horizon. But in the box, it is always unknown if the best fighters in their respective divisions will ever meet in their prime (see: Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez).

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Here’s a current look at the top-ranked fighters in the heavyweight division on ESPN and where Joshua could go if he defeats Usyk.

1Tyson’s Fury30-0-1 (21 KOs)
2Anthony Joshua24-1 (22 KOs)
3Deontay Wilder42-1-1 (41 KOs)
4Oleksandr Usyk18-0 (13 KOs)
5Andy Ruiz Jr.34-2 (22 KOs)
6Dillian whyte28-2 (19 KOs)
7Joseph Parker29-2 (21 KOs)
8Joe joyce13-0 (12 KOs)
9Michael Hunter20-1-1 (14 KOs)
10Luis Ortiz32-2 (27 KOs)

Fury vs. Wilder, the next big heavyweight fight

Fury will face Wilder for the third time on October 9, culminating a trilogy that will end up deciding who will face Joshua or perhaps Usyk for the undisputed heavyweight crown.

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Fury won the last fight between the two in February 2020 by TKO. After the fight, Wilder created controversy by saying that his pre-fight 45-pound costume contributed to his having no “legs” during the fight. He also claimed that Fury tampered with his gloves, causing his ear to bleed in the second fight.

Regardless of what happened in that fight, Fury and Wilder are expected to adjust their score with their third fight. The pair tied in their first meeting in December 2018, a fight that Fury arguably won, although Wilder had a pair of fearsome knockdowns, including this one in the twelfth round.

Here are the highlights of Fury’s win over Wilder in his second fight, which featured two knockdowns of his own.

Tape Story: Joshua vs. Fury / Wilder

Here’s a look at how Joshua would stack up to Fury or Wilder in a potential clash.

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Tyson’s Fury30-0-1 (21 KOs)6 ft 985 inchesOrthodox
Anthony Joshua24-1 (22 KOs)6 ft 682 inchesOrthodox
Deontay Wilder42-1-1 (41 KOs)6 ft 783 inchesOrthodox

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