Like most fight fans, we always want to know what is next for the biggest stars in the world. British Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is top of the tree in the sport right now, so naturally, fight fans want to know when his next fight will be?
Joshua was due to fight Jerrell ‘Baby’ Miller at New York’s Madison Square Garden on the 1st of June, on the British fighter’s US debut. But the fight had been called off due to Miller failing three separate drug tests’ and was denied a license.
Joshua and promoter Eddie Hearn have looked for possible replacements for the US showdown. Both wanted former Heavyweight title contender Luis Ortiz, but both sides have been unable to agree to terms.
They also have looked at rematches with Joseph Parker, Dillian Whyte and even a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko has been discussed. Eddie Hearn has his sights set on a hand-full of opponents now.
Narrowing it down to four
I previously discussed initial and potential opponents but that list has been narrowed down further. Among those under consideration and one named by Hearn was Poland’s Adam Kownacki who is undefeated, with 15 of his 19 wins coming by way of knockout. The Pole would certainly put on a fight for the fans!
The attention turns to possible American opponents for the Brit. Michael Hunter is another interesting option. Hunter is 16-1 and his only loss at the hands to former unified Cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, who himself has moved up to Heavyweight in an attempt to take on AJ one day.
Andy Ruiz Jr is someone who should be considered heavily. The Californian holds a 32-1 record, with his only defeat coming at the hands of former WBO Heavyweight champion Joseph Parker. Ruiz would provide an excellent matchup for AJ with his quick hands, and put pressure on AJ’s dominating style.
Third up is Trevor Bryan. Bryan is an unbeaten New Yorker holding a professional record of 20-0, and would make the short journey to Madison Square Garden to fight in his own back-yard. Bryan makes a tone of sense for AJ and would be the easiest negotiation to make.
Personally, I want to see AJ fight the best of the best and Luis Ortiz was the perfect replacement. However we know that things change quickly in the world of sport, I would prefer Joshua to fight Polish Heavyweight Adam Kownacki.