Five potential next opponents for Anthony Joshua after Usyk rematch with Tyson Fury favourite but Wilder fight possible

ANTHONY JOSHUA has insisted his boxing career will go on after rematching Oleksandr Usyk – win or lose.

AJ was beaten last September but gets a second crack at the Ukrainian on Saturday in Saudi Arabia.

Oleksander Usyk and Anthony Joshua ahead of their Saudi Arabia rematchCredit: Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing

Some have urged Joshua to walk away if he loses again to the pound-for-pound star.

But the man himself is having none of it, meaning huge fights lay await for AJ regardless of the result.

Here, SunSport runs down some of the options for Joshua ahead of his massive rematch with Usyk.


If Joshua, 32, beats Usyk, 35, and regains the WBA, IBF and WBO belts in the process, there is only one fight that makes sense.

It would surely convince Fury back to boxing to put his WBC title on the line for a first ever four-belt heavyweight unification.

Although defeat leaves the Battle of Britain further away then ever, but not over completely.

It would likely mean AJ rebuilding with some steady wins, but over time the super-fight could be revived with so much money to be made.

Tyson Fury remains linked with a comeback to fight the undisputed crownCredit: AFP



The Bronze Bomber has now confirmed he will return on October 15 against Robert Helenius, 38, his first fight since losing to Fury last October.

His manager Shelly Finkel has already told SunSport a fight with AJ is “enormous” whether the Brit beats Usyk or not.

In an ideal world, Wilder, 36, and Joshua would both get back to winning ways setting up the grudge fight everyone wanted in 2019.

But even if AJ slips to another loss, returning against Wilder remains a blockbuster.

Deontay Wilder has now confirmed his return to boxingCredit: Reuters

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The last time Joshua was in Saudi, he was avenging defeat against Ruiz, following his upset loss in June 2019.

A trilogy has remained shelved and could prove an option after Joshua rematches Usyk.

If he loses, completing a trilogy with Ruiz, 32, is still a fan-friendly fight.

But if he wins, and the top names are unavailable, the history and clash of styles with the Mexican-American makes it a perfect alternative.

Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua are yet to complete their trilogyCredit: PA


No matter where AJ or Whyte, 34, are in their careers, a rematch will always appease fans.

Joshua won the initial bout in 2015 following defeat in the amateurs six years earlier and Whyte is in need of a big fight after being knocked out by Fury in April.

If AJ wins back the belts, it could set up a huge title rematch between the Brit rivals.

But if he loses, it makes the clash even more interesting, as both would not be able to afford another defeat.

Anthony Joshua beat Dillian Whyte in 2015Credit: Action Images – Reuters


Joyce, 36, is currently the WBO mandatory challenger, meaning he is in line to fight the winner between AJ and Usyk.

He also faces Joseph Parker, 30, on September 24 which could strengthen his position in the division.

If Joshua beats Usyk, he might have no choice but to fight Joyce.

But if he loses, the bout is among the biggest to be made for AJ, due to their history as former sparring-partner turned rivals.

Joe Joyce fights Joseph Parker on September 24Credit: Rex

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