Four biggest bouts for heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua

World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has undoubtedly become the biggest and most high-profile name in the sport of boxing within recent months. 

The unified IBF, WBA and IBO titlist has shot to immense stardom thanks mainly to his impressive and dramatic stoppage success over Ukrainian legend Wladimir Klitschko back in April. That 11th-round knockout triumph over the previously dominant heavyweight force saw ‘AJ’s’ mass appeal rocket in the UK and beyond.

Joshua’s most-recent outing was supposed to have been against tough Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev, but an untimely injury forced a change of opponent at the last minute. His promoter Eddie Hearn had a back-up on hand in the form of Carlos Takam, though, who stepped up to the plate and produced a gallant performance. 

The reigning champion did manage to defend his belts with another stoppage success, but Takam was admirable in defeat as he pushed the Briton all the way before the referee jumped in and controversially called a halt to proceedings in the 10th round.  There are now plenty more prosperous options on the horizon for Joshua, who will be penned as a favourite in each of his proposed fights with free bets available from odds comparison providers Oddschecker.

So, ahead of what could be the defining year of his already glowing early career, here are four potential big-name foes for Joshua in the near future. 

Tyson Fury

First off is the one that fans in the UK have been getting excited about for a long time already. Tyson Fury was the man who finally dethroned Klitschko back in November 2015 when he supremely outpointed the Ukrainian legend.

Over 12 rounds in Germany, where ‘Dr Steelhammer’ had reigned for so long, the Manchester-born fighter rallied to a unanimous decision victory, one of the most iconic in British boxing history. But he soon tailed off and endured a torrid time in light of his greatest ever success. 

With several years gone by after his win and having been pushing for a showdown with ‘AJ’, if the two were to finally meet in the UK, it could become a record-breaking event. If the 90,000 fans at Wembley for the Klitschko fight was special, this could easily surpass that in 2018 or beyond. 

Deontay Wilder

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While Fury has been inactive for personal and legal reasons in recent years and is clearly too unfit to box anytime very soon, the most logical super-fight to make for Joshua is against American world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.

The brash-talking fighter currently holds the prestigious WBC strap and has long talked up a high-profile unification clash with his British rival. After Hearn agreed a deal with United States broadcasters Showtime, on which Joshua’s fights in the UK are shown to the American audience, such a meeting would be huge. 

‘AJ’ is already a household name but an American debut in Las Vegas, perhaps, would be a mammoth event and one that could rocket his credibility and stature within the sport even further. A knockout of Wilder would also cement him as the best heavyweight on the planet for sure. 

Joseph Parker

Another potential unification in Joshua’s pursuit of all of the heavyweight crowns is with New Zealand star Joseph Parker. The hard-hitting Kiwi recently overcome Tyson Fury’s cousin Hughie in their Manchester match-up, albeit in a very drab affair. 

But a showdown with ‘AJ’ would surely be a much more exciting clash, probably in London. Parker presently holds the WBO belt and has become a big name back in his home nation, making this another potentially giant heavyweight collision. 

The also unbeaten champion has not been scared in calling the Briton out, despite a significant size difference between the pair, and this is one that could be made for early next year if negotiations go according to plan for both parties involved. 

David Haye

Finally, a clash with fellow Briton David Haye has long been on the cards and would be another super-bout to make for both men. Having been previously quite close mates while Haye was the big name and champion, while ‘AJ’ was only rising up the ladder, there’s an interesting narrative here. 

Of course, any possible meeting between the pair would depend on Haye getting the better of Tony Bellew in their anticipated rematch this December. If he can oust the Merseysider this time out, then a Joshua bout may be his reward further down the line.

Whichever of these fighters secure the big-ticket bill and manages to set up the biggest fight of 2018 with Joshua will take home an enormous purse after a career-defining battle. Whether Joshua’s star continues to rise remains to be seen.

Revealed: David Price Knocked Out Anthony Joshua in Sparring

In an interview given to Sky Sports, Liverpool based fighter David Price has claimed that he once knocked out Anthony Joshua in the gym when sparring with the English Champion.

Price also offered Joshua the chance to avenge that forgotten loss by fighting him in the professional ranks. Until now, Joshua has has kept his silence regarding the Price’s challenge – probably intellingently avoiding being goaded into the ring for a fight that he doesn’t need to take.

This all started from an Anthony Joshua tweet in which the 27-year-old asked for only for what he deems to be ‘serious challengers’.

As Joshua gave an open invitation, Price responded accordingly by challenging Joshua to fight him for the IBF title.

In the same tweet, Price hinted of a past encounter in which he floored the current IBF heavyweight Champion.

The tweet from Joshua came just a month after he defeated Dominic Breazeale to retain the IBF heavyweight Championship in June.

After winning that fight, Joshua retains his 17-0 record from professional bouts.

While the Champion was in a bullish mood after retaining his title, Price returned the same feelings with his tweet.

During an Interview with Sky Sports, Price has said that he floored Joshua way back in 2011 when the pair were practicing in a training session.

“It’s probably the worst kept secret in boxing and it’s something that I’ve never really brought up or mentioned,” Price told Sky Sports.

Prior to their bout in the sparring ring, and for some time after that, Joshua was seen as the new kid on the block.

Price, however, was a pro.

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The tables have now turned significantly in Joshua’s favour, yet it doesn’t stop Price from digging up the history between the pair.

“When it happened, Joshua was an amateur on the GB squad and I was a novice pro and I kept it to myself because he was an up and coming potential boxer. I wanted to protect him from it, didn’t want to go around boasting about it. But our positions have changed and he’s IBF heavyweight champion of the world.”

Tony Bellew claims Possible Showdown with David Haye is not far away

In an interview given to Sky Sports, WBC Cruiserweight Champion Tony Bellew has claimed that a fight between him and David Haye is already on the cards.

The boxer further claimed that discussions have already begun regarding the fight between the two camps.

This statement from Bellew came after he won the WBC Cruiserweight title on May 29th. The boxer was fighting Ilunga Makabu at Goodison Park in Liverpool.

Makabu started the bout strongly as he knocked down Bellew in the first round and hopes of Bellew winning the title looking to be far fetched at that point.

However, after coming into his stride in the third, the English boxer enjoyed the best moment of his career as he knocked out Ilunga Makabu.

After winning the fight, Bellew unexpectedly turned towards Haye as he asked the Londoner to stop fighting “clowns”.

“Come back down to your natural weight and fight a real cruiserweight, because you have had long enough fighting clowns on that joke channel,’ yelled the Liverpool-born boxer.

“We are in talks. The two of us are speaking at the moment and we’ll see where it goes but I want to fight the ‘Haye-faker’,” Bellew told Sky Sports News HQ.

Just hours after Bellew challenged him Haye responded by posting a video on his Instagram account.

The boxer claimed that he will happily fight the cruiserweight Champion and will “smash him to bits”.

However, as stated by Haye, that will happen after he first knocks out Shannon Briggs in his upcoming fight, a fight that will interest those looking to place a bet with the bookmakers such as Paddy Power.

He further claimed that he is knocking out all the people who are talking too much, and Bellew should get ready to be on that list.