Anthony Joshua got his 20th stoppage win in Cardiff this past Saturday against a gritty and durable Carlos Takam in the tenth round.
During his post-fight interview in the ring, the reigning WBA, IBF & IBO World heavyweight champion shouted out loud and made it clear that Deontay Wilder, Joseph Parker, and Tyson Fury are his upcoming three fights in 2018.
But not in that order, at least if you ask Joshua’s coach Rob McCracken.
The most talked about it a unification bout against The WBC World heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder. It’s been a while since the boxing world has seen a meaningful World heavyweight title fight between a UK and US fighter. But Joseph Parker might skip the queue and jump ahead of everybody.
“I think both are winnable fights for Anthony. I’d say Parker and Wilder in that order because it will be a bigger fight with Wilder down the road than it is now,” said McCracken at the post-fight press conference.
Here are some possible scenarios for the heavyweight division that might happen.
Wilder is fighting his mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne this weekend in New York. Promoter Eddie Hearn and Dillian Whyte have made it quite clear that they want the American next, especially after Whyte won the vacant WBC Silver Heavyweight title in Cardiff against Robert Helenius.
Reports by Worldboxingnews.net stated that the winner Bellew-Haye might face the WBO champion Parker next.
At the moment it’s anyone’s guess what is the next big move in the heavyweight division in 2018, but one thing is for sure, the division will see some major world title fights.