Who Will Anthony Joshua Fight Next?
Anthony Joshua’s Next Opponents
Various media outlets have reported that Joshua’s manager, Eddie Hearn has laid out the groundwork for the young champion. According to Hearn, Joshua has two mandatory bouts against Luis Ortiz and Kubrat Pulev. As both the WBA and IBO champion, Joshua has to fight the respective number-one contenders.
Ortiz is currently tasked by the WBA to begin negotiations to get a fight giving him and Joshua just 30 days from August 3 to come to an agreement. Pulev also has a mandatory fight by the rule of the IBF. And finally, Wilder has been calling out Joshua repeatedly. The plan is to have a title unification bout against the WBC champion in the near future.
Bookmakers have already opened lines despite the fights not being officially made. All three bouts present a different stylistic matchup for “AJ”.
“AJ is 100 per cent up for fighting Pulev, Ortiz, and 100 per cent up for fighting Wilder and he wants to do it in a way to try to capture all belts.”
Luis Ortiz (+600)
Better known as “The Real King Kong” is notorious for his hefty size, punching power, and counter-punching skills. The Cuban is unbeaten in 29 pro bouts with 23 victories coming by way of T/KO. His latest victory came over Joshua’s countryman, David Allen. His one blemish came in 2014 where he got stripped of his WBA interim heavyweight title due to failing the post-fight drug test. Additionally, he holds a silver medal in the 2005 Boxing World Cup.
Kubrat Pulev (+900)
He will be the biggest underdog Joshua faces.
The Bulgarian is 25-1 with his sole loss coming against Wladimir Klitschko. As an amateur, Pulev accumulated five medals including two gold medals in 2004 and 2008. He also won the WBA International heavyweight title as well as the European title. Pulev is measured in his approach and throws straight punches frequently. His weapon is his right, which he can throw at deadly power. The concern with him is his chin, which Klitschko cracked wide open.
Deontay Wilder (+300)
He’s the most intriguing matchup against AJ. Despite also being a significant underdog, Wilder has the size and style to give Joshua his toughest fight. Nicknamed the “Bronze Bomber”, Wilder won a bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics. He has won all but one of his 38 pro bouts via T/KO. True to his nickname, Wilder uses overwhelming force to finish his opponents. He has power in both hands and has a longer reach and height than Joshua.
He may be a trendy underdog come fight night. But before he gets his hands on Joshua, Wilder must first defend his title against other opponents. Dillian Whyte, another British boxer, was suggested by Hearns though he ended up facing another opponent. A rematch with Bermane Stiverne was in the books as he was the WBC’s number-one contender but Stiverne missed the drug test and the fight fell through. Wilder’s next opponent is still undecided but it’s Joshua he really wants and all the trash talk will continue until the actual fight.
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