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Anthony Joshua has three next fight options if he loses rematch with Oleksandr Usyk

With Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk II only a few days away, a lot has been made about where ‘AJ’ will go if he loses on August 20. A victory sets up the long-awaited undisputed unification bout with Tyson Fury, but defeat leads to less familiar territory.

Here, Express Sport gives you three potential fight options for the Watford powerhouse if he fails to overcome the odds in Saudi Arabia.

Deontay Wilder

When Eddie Hearn pondered this exact question, he stated that Deontay Wilder would be the main target for Joshua if he loses this weekend. ‘The Bronze Bomber’ – like Joshua – is a fearsome puncher and there has been a lot of interest in this fight ever since the pair turned over as professionals. Hearn recently revealed that he has made Wilder’s management an offer to make the fight happen after Usyk but is yet to receive a response.

“I actually reached out to Shelly Finkel the other day because I have got so much money for Deontay Wilder in an offer, but they never come back to me, so I don’t know whether Deontay Wilder doesn’t want to hear about that offer or whatever,” Hearn told Seconds Out.

“Right now, standing here, I am honestly not thinking about any other fight for AJ than Saturday night, they all come through victory, do you know what I mean? I think if he loses, the Wilder fight is there, if he wins all he’s thinking about is that final fight with Fury to win all the belts.”

Dillian Whyte

Dillian Whyte is keen to fight Joshua again after losing his first ever professional contest to his fierce rival back in 2015. If their first fight is anything to go by then a rematch will certainly be entertaining and with both men finding themselves in similar career trajectories – providing Joshua loses – it makes a lot of sense.

Weighing in on his options during a Sky Sports interview, Whyte said: “There’s Joshua-Usyk, I’d love to fight [Deontay] Wilder, I’d love to have another go at Tyson Fury again. Joe Joyce is there, there’s Daniel Dubois.

“But my main focus is to get back at Anthony Joshua, I’d love to have another fight against him and settle the score so let’s see. Hopefully, he gets the job done against Usyk and I get another chance to fight him again.”

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Joe Joyce

Former Team GB teammate Joe Joyce has had a lot to say about Joshua since his defeat to Usyk. ‘The Juggernaut’ has repeatedly stated that Joshua “hasn’t looked good for a while” and has not been his biggest fan ever since sparring footage of the pair was leaked that Joyce claims was selected to make ‘AJ’ look good.

A fight between these two would make for entertaining viewing and a worthy challenge for Joshua as he attempts to overcome the relentless pressure and durable nature of Joyce.




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