Fighting Anthony Joshua Sets To Next Opponent

Anthony Joshua has announced that he is near to confirming the opponent for his future fight.

Joshua, who has already boxed once in 2024, knocking out former UFC champion Francis Ngannou, said: “I’m almost done with my negotiations for my next bout.

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“I am feeling motivated.”

It has been widely suggested that fellow Briton Daniel Dubois could be in the running to face Joshua.

Dubois defeated Filip Hrgovic earlier this month to capture the IBF’s interim title.

However, the IBF confirmed to Sky Sports that it had not received a request to authorise Joshua vs. Dubois as an IBF world heavyweight title bout.

After defeating Tyson Fury, Oleksandr Usyk now has all four major heavyweight world titles, including the IBF.

There are other candidates trying to face Anthony Joshua.

Zhilei Zhang, who defeated Deontay Wilder on the same card as Dubois’ triumph over Hrgovic, would like battling AJ.

At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, he lost to a Watford man.

However, Zhang’s camp was not contacted earlier this month about a possible battle with AJ.

Another fighter looking for a rematch with Joshua is Joseph Parker, who will make an announcement on Wednesday.

Parker, the former WBO champion, lost the belt to Joshua in 2018.

However, the New Zealander has been in great form recently, defeating both Wilder and Zhang.

Parker told Sky Sports: “I’ve been boxing 11 to 12 years and I’ve found what works for me, the formula I’ve got, Andy Lee head trainer, George Lockhart and the work that we’ve been doing together.

” It’s been a grind ever since we’ve linked up the three of us. But everything is working very well and whatever we’re doing we want to keep it up.”

He thinks he now deserves a second bout with Joshua.

There’s a lot of people that want to fight Anthony Joshua. I feel like with what I’ve done I can be in a position to fight him,” he said.

But he added: “To be honest, it’s not really about what I want and what he wants. It’s what everyone else wants and a lot of fights are happening in Saudi Arabia.

Usyk and Fury are scheduled to fight in December. If titles become vacant, Parker believes he should be in contention to fight for a world championship this year.

“I hope so,” he said. “With the belts all being [held by the] undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, there’s a rematch clause in place, but again these things may or may not happen.

You never know how things are going to unfold,” he continued.

“So we’ll see. We’ll see what happens. But you’ve got Anthony Joshua…

” I let whatever happens happen and whatever fights they lock, they lock in and I’m ready for whoever.”


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