What's next for boxing heavyweight contender Anthony Joshua?

The heavy weight has not been on the strongest run of his career. Who's fighting him next?
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Published on Sep 2, 2022, 2:44:51 PM

It's been nearly two weeks since Anthony Joshua suffered his second consecutive loss to the Ukrainian heavy weight Oleksandr Usyk. Whilst it's clear what the Ukrainian's intention is – he has challenged Tyson Fury to come from retirement for an ultimate heavy weight showdown – it's less clear who Joshua is going to fight.

For a long time it seemed that the North London born heavyweight would only find the same fellow country man mentioned here, Fury, in his way to dominate the heavy division. However, with losses against the Mexican Andy Ruiz in 2019, Joshua has struggled to keep his composure. Perhaps this was particularly obvious in the immediate aftermath following his most recent defeat when he threw two of Usyk's belts out of the ring and looked to storm backstage before returning to the ring to launch into expletive-laden outburst. Whilst the Ukrainian doesn't hold a grudge, it has left yet another scratch on Joshua's otherwise civilised reputation.

So what's next for Joshua? Rumours are that he is due to fight again in December against a top-15 opponent which could possibly be Dillian Whyte, Tyson Fury or someone else. The possibility that he'd fight Deontay Wilder or Andy Ruiz for the third time has been ruled out. Having said that, Wilder, who is at a similar loose end after losing to Fury, has said he's open to the challenge.

What is certain is that he will compete in the UK again for the first time after matches in the US and Saudi Arabia. The latter of which received a lot of criticism from the world for its poor human rights record.

The boxing world hopes that the break Joshua is taking will do him good and that he returns to the ring soon.

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