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Who's Next for the New Unified Heavy Weight Champion Anthony Joshua?

03 April, 2018, 04:46 | Author: Hannah Francis
  • Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker

What is next for Anthony Joshua after he unified the WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight titles with victory over Joseph Parker on Saturday night?

The 28-year-old now has WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles to his name, and a unification fight with Deontay Wilder is the only step stopping Joshua from being the first heavyweight to hold all four major belts up for collection.

In the small hours of Sunday morning - appropriately enough on April Fools' Day - Joshua expanded on Wilder's unpredictable character and explained why his points win over a risky opponent with a strong chin and a big heart was exactly the way he had planned it.

Former world champion Fury, who has been absent from the ring for more than two years, wrote on Instagram during the fight that neither Joshua nor Parker were "good enough" to be his sparring partner.

But Wilder did cause controversy over the weekend with a vile remark about wanting "a body" on his record.

Speaking to iFL TV after the fight, the beloved Geordie football icon revealed he had met Joshua backstage to congratulate him on his historic win. Can I get a little pat on the back now? I'm not into the hype, I'm about business.

Joshua insists any fight with Wilder would not need to happen in America.

'But they're so ratty and unpredictable, it could take longer'.

"2018 was always the time to capture all the belts and we are one away now", Joshua said in a news conference.

Across the Atlantic, Wilder was posting a video on Twitter minutes later, shouting into his phone: "Joshua?" "I tried to speak to him, but he had no idea of the question I asked him. I want one. I really do", Wilder said on The Breakfast Club earlier this week. With all due respect, Wilder needs me more than I need him. Congrats to the heavyweight champion!

"Wilder. Let's go baby, let's go", shouted Joshua from inside the ring to raucous cheers from the 78,000 crowd packing Cardiff's Principality Stadium, also namechecking Tyson Fury as another possible opponent. "We have to sit down in the next two weeks and see if there's that fight in the summer". None of them look like they want to win the fight. I thought it was hard, but going the 12 rounds was light work. It explains why Joshua tipped the scales at almost a stone lighter than he did for his previous fight. Parker had control of the rest of the round and made Joshua look sloppy at times by landing effective counter punches.

"I think it has to happen in 2018", Hearn said. "I'm Deontay Wilder, the baddest man on the planet, and I'm here to stay".


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