The heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has prepared a list of all the fighters that he wants to defeat in his upcoming career and no sane individual would want to be a part of it. Anthony Joshua is a British boxer who has defeated every boxer that competed against him for the IBF heavyweight title.
Joshua is scheduled to fight against American boxer Eric Molina on 10th December 2016 at Manchester Arena but this has not stopped the Olympic gold medalist from looking out for possible opponents in future.
The 6 ft 6-inch champion has already come down to three names and it came out as a great surprise to boxing aficionados because they were expecting two other names that weren’t there on the list.
The first name is of David Haye who is a fellow British fighter and has won the two-weight world championship before. David Haye’s next fight is scheduled for December 2016 but his opponent remains unannounced till date.
Wladimir Klitschko is Joshua’s second choice. Klitschko is a former world champion and has always been media’s center of attention especially after his slated 30 million pounds super fight with Joshua.
If these fights are scheduled in future, they would probably turn out to be the biggest fights in the history of heavyweight division both money-wise and fame-wise. Fans would bet millions of pounds and drool at the sight of these champions fighting in the ring.
However, Haye and Klitschko were not Joshua’s first choices when he was interviewed by the 2017 Boxing News Channel. The channel asked Joshua the names of three fighters he would like to face if he was left with only three fights in his career. At that time the 27-year old champion named Tyson Fury, Dillian Whyte, and Deontay Wilder.
It’s unlikely for Joshua to get a chance to fight with Fury in near future because Fury just pulled out of a big money rematch with Klitschko where he was defeated by the latter terribly. As a result, Fury had to take a break from this sport and gave his declining mental health as a reason for such an abrupt decision. There is no clue as to when he plans to return to the ring and there are doubts if he would ever be able to fight his belts back.
Deontay Wilder was another fighter that Joshua wished to defeat. The unbeaten American southpaw who is famous in the boxing world by the name of Bronze Bomber is already calling out the Brit for title unification fight.
Dillian Whyte who was Joshua’s third option is quite an interesting one since it was the same fighter who gave Joshua a tough time in the ring during the start of his career. In the past, both the champions entered the seventh round of fighting before Joshua knocked out in front of the O2 Arena crowd and Whyte scored a point’s victory. It seems like Joshua wants to pay back by defeating his longtime rival in the ring after all these years.
Mike McCallum is scheduled to compete against Dereck Chisora in an interesting all-British WBC title eliminator match on the undercard of the Joshua vs. Molina card.
The bottom line is that Joshua has some very interesting fights coming on in near future in the heavyweight division but all this is only possible if he wins his upcoming match against Molina in Manchester.
The complete schedule for 10th December is as follows:
- Anthony Joshua vs Eric Molina
- Dillian Whyte vs Dereck Chisora
- Scott Quigg vs TBC
- Kal Yafai vs Luis Concepcion
- Katie Taylor vs TBC
- Luis Ortiz vs TBC
- Hosea Burton vs Frank Buglioni
- Callum Smith vs TBC