Anthony Joshua’s next fight: Tyson Fury, Wladimir Klitschko, Joseph Parker, Luis Ortiz, Deontay Wilder

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Heavyweight champ is eyeing another super fight after his epic 11-round victory in front of huge 90,0000 crowd

ANTHONY JOSHUA’S stunning victory over ring legend Wladimir Klitschko erased any doubts he was Britain’s best prospect since Lennox Lewis.

And after packing 90,000 into Wembley, his next bout is set to be an incredible spectacle.

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Joshua toppled Klitschko in the 11th round of an epic bout – and we could see it all over again

But who will be in the other corner? SunSport assesses the five most likely rivals who could enter the lion’s den.


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Wladimir Klitschko

Wladimir Klitschko talks after losing to Anthony Joshua at Wembley

The former champ insists he has a rematch clause in his contract and few fans would turn up their noses at seeing a repeat.

Last night’s epic bout lived up to all the pre-fight hype and those lucky enough to attend got their money’s worth.

Klitschko, however, has now lost his last two bouts and at 41 may decide it is time to call it quits.

His performance in knocking down AJ for the first time in his career gives him the option of going out in a heroic defeat – unlike his tepid points loss to Fury.

Luis Ortiz

Luis Ortiz is a mandatory challenger but AJ may look elsewhere

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Luis Ortiz is a mandatory challenger but AJ may look elsewhere

The mandatory challenger for the WBA belt is the most unlikely of the five potential opponents.

Joshua can ask for a special permit to dodge the 38-year-old  Cuban – who lacks the worldwide appeal to sell the bout despite his 27-0 record.

WBA president Gilberto J Mendoza told Sky Sports: “The winner is entitled to ask for a special permit if the event merits it. But Ortiz is the mandatory contender.

“It’s in writing that Luis Ortiz should be the next opponent for the winner. I know sometimes boxing allows things to happen in a different way – it would have to be something very important to consider [Ortiz not fighting the winner].”

Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury beat Wladimir Klitschko in his last bout

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Tyson Fury beat Wladimir Klitschko in his last bout

AJ’s fellow Brit is adamant he did not get the credit he deserved for beating Klitschko and seeing his rival getting praised last night will add to his annoyance.

The Gypsy King, 28, has already pointed out that the Ukrainian hardly landed a glove on him in 2015.

British fans would be desperate to see the two go toe-to-toe if Fury can fulfil his vow to get back in shape.

All will depend on his next fight and Joshua could decide to hold off until he proves his ability to return.

Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder was ringside to watch AJ retain his belts

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Deontay Wilder was ringside to watch AJ retain his belts

The big-hitting American, 31, would provide on paper the best spectacle.

A unification fight would see Joshua have the chance to add Wilder’s coveted  WBC belt to his collection.

And after attending the fight at Wembley, he made it perfectly clear he was open to a meeting.

If Wilder crosses the Atlantic to meet Joshua the hype train will go into overdrive.

Joseph Parker

Kiwi Joseph Parker is a young world champ like AJ

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Kiwi Joseph Parker is a young world champ like AJ

Parker beat Andy Ruiz to claim Fury’s WBO belt last year and has already come close to facing Joshua.

The Kiwi, 25, was in talks to meet the Brit in November but the fight did not get over the line.

His status as a world champion makes it an easy sell and Joshua may fancy an opponent who is also inexperienced.

Parker in undefeated after 22 bouts with 18 KOs but has not fought anyone of Klitschko’s ilk.

He defends his title against Razvan Cojanu on May 6.

Anthony Joshua posts video to fans after beating Klitschko at Wembley

 

 



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