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What's next for Anthony Joshua?


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Anthony Joshua became the unified heavyweight champion of the world on Saturday night after defeating long-time former champion Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium.

90,000 people were in attendance to see Joshua stop his 41-year old opponent in the 11th round, retaining his IBF heavyweight title and adding the IBO and WBA belts to his collection.

In an enthralling battle, both men had to get up off the canvas before referee David Fields stopped the action with Wladimir against the ropes after being down twice more in the round.

Joshua now finds himself at the top of the heavyweight division. His stock has risen dramatically, after a classic heavyweight contest which was broadcast the world over. But where does he go now? Let's look at some of his options.

Klitschko rematch

Following Joshua's victory it was revealed that there is a rematch clause in the contract.

Another contest between the two men would easily sell out another stadium - even in Klitschko's adopted home country, Germany. Klitschko demonstrated the footwork, ring generalship and punch power which saw him dominate the division for a decade. He has a lot to be positive about and will fancy his chances in a rematch. Considering how exciting their first fight was, Joshua vs.. Klitschko 2 could be an easy sell and a logical option moving forwards.

Deontay Wilder

The outspoken American is the WBC heavyweight champion and boasts an fearsome 97% knockout rate. He was ringside at Wembley and made it clear that he would relish a chance at Joshua and would even travel to the UK to fight the Brit.

A clash between two undefeated knockout artists, with the coveted WBC belt on the line, would make for a mouth-watering showdown at the end of the year. Victory over Wilder would also go along way to cementing Joshua's reputation in America.

Joseph Parker

Parker is the current WBO champion and has been linked with a fight with Joshua in the past.

Should he come through a defence of his title on 6th May against the little-known Razvan Cojanu, he may be eyeing up a big time fight with Joshua later down the line. Parker may even find himself in a battle for the undisputed heavyweight crown should be face the winner of Joshua and Wilder for all the belts in the division.

Tyson Fury

Fury defeated Klitschko back in November 2015 - thus inflicting the Ukranian's first defeat in 11 years. A dramatic chain of events following that victory saw a proposed rematch fall through before Fury walked away from the sport amid a drug scandal.

However, the self-proclaimed "Gypsy King" is back in training and has made clear his intention to return to the ring and has been calling out AJ on social media in recent weeks.

Joshua accepted his challenge in his post-fight interview and a contest between the two would easily fill out Wembley in an all-British showdown. Fury must first prove his fitness and reclaim his boxing license which may put a possible fight between the two off until 2018.

Mandatory defences

With more belts comes more mandatory challengers, and the hard-hitting Luis Ortiz and tough Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev will be demanding their shot at the titles. Whilst a fight with Ortiz or Pulev won't generate the same kind of revenue as the fights mentioned above, Joshua must be wary of lesser known opponents who could prove to be banana skin in this relatively early stage of his career.

Whatever Joshua decides to do next, he now finds himself atop the heavyweight division with a reputation that has sky-rocketed overnight. The fact the took on such a talented veteran like Klitschko in only his 19th fight suggests AJ won't be afraid to take on the division's biggest names.

A new era in heavyweight boxing is underway - and we have a British world champion leading the way.

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