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Anthony Joshua Fight 9th April, 6 Possible Opponents

Published On January 16, 2016 | By Niall Doran | Boxing News

Anthony Joshua’s next opponent could be one of a few names as things stand now, but the big question will be who they can get to warrant it being another PPV fight, if indeed it will be.


Anthony Joshua’s next bout is scheduled for April 9th at the O2 in London.

It was previously highly thought to be against fellow UK heavyweight Dereck Chisora, however after this month’s 2nd round TKO win in Germany for Chisora against Andras Csomor, ‘Delboy’ is now on track to fight for the European heavyweight title against old rival and conqueror Robert Helenius, with the purse bids for their second showdown set to take place next week (January 21st).

This means Anthony Joshua will need a new opponent and according to Boxing News Online, there are five fighters that have thrown their names in the hat and offered their services: Kubrat Pulev, Dave Allen, Sam Sexton, Eddie Chambers and Hughie Fury.

The above could all be a good test for Joshua at this stage of his career, in different ways, but the big question will be would one of the above vs ‘AJ’ be worthy of a pay per view main event on Sky Sports Box Office? Its a tough one.

There’s no denying Joshua’s star power, which is immense, but it could be argued that the commercial success at the Box Office of his last fight against Dillian Whyte was also partly down to Whyte selling the fight so well, and also the bad blood and previous history in the two fighter’s story line going into the contest.

Would one of the above five names have the same sort of story line as the Whyte fight to warrant interest in a pay per view event? It’s questionable. Perhaps a rematch with Whyte could also be an option?

Joshua (as talented as he is) is now remarkably ranked at number 2 in the world rankings with both the WBC and in the WBO.

Conceivably if Joshua were to win his next fight, he could very well be number one contender to Deontay Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title or Tyson Fury’s WBO heavyweight title, an almost staggering reality and testament to his fast progress when you consider the fact Joshua has only being boxing a little over two years as a professional (and has had just 15 pro fights).

As things stands, it looks as if there are six front runners for Joshua’s next opponent on April 9th – Kubrat Pulev, Dave Allen, Sam Sexton, Eddie Chambers, Hughie Fury or a Dillian Whyte rematch.

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Niall Doran
Founder of Boxing News and Views (@NiallerDoran). Writer at the Huffington Post. Digital marketing guy. Journalist. Irish tech entrepreneur. Avid Yellow M&M's hound. Favourite boxing related quote: "It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen." - Muhammad Ali

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