An Anthony Joshua Wembley heavyweight boxing bonanza is currently being planned by his promoters for next summer and they want it to be either against Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder or David Haye.
Music to the ears of boxing fans? Check.
Maybe not former super-middleweight champion Carl Froch though, who might see his post-war record of drawing 80,000 spectators to a live boxing event (at Wembley stadium) against George Groves eclipsed.
On a serious note though, this is big.
The real question before it can happen however, is who will be next up for Joshua in his coming two bouts before this planned mega event can manifest into reality?
Kubrat Pulev and Joseph Parker are heavily linked for his next fight but after that, you’d imagine he’ll need to take on an equally, if not more dangerous, than the previous two names (who are very good fighters mind you) to get himself ready for a potential heavyweight title unification.
Speaking on what the plan is for Joshua over the coming months, his promoter Eddie Hearn has told Sky Sports:
“We’ve already got a three-fight plan mapped out, which is November/December, March at The O2 then July at Wembley, which will either be against Haye, Fury or Wilder.”
Heavyweight boxing news is flying around Sky Sports studios today, with reports also emerging that former champion David Haye is also on course for a title shot in 2017 for the (regular) WBA heavyweight title.
As a consequence, potentially, Hearn could have his charge (Joshua) positioned perfectly for a guaranteed unification heavyweight title fight – if all three men still hold recognised versions of the title by next summer.
Of course his plan will also depend on Joshua remaining unbeaten (17-0-17KO) as he chases the fights that world boxing fans so desperately want to see him in.
As things stand Joshua is next slated to fight on November 26th, with no official opponent confirmed as of yet.
A caveat must be exercised on this sizeable news overall though, despite its mouth watering potential for fight fans to see heavyweight title unification fights of this magnitude in 2017.
This is heavyweight boxing after all, where one punch can not only derail a carefully crafted plan by good ol Eddie Hearn, but also massively impact on a professional fighter’s career with one swift blow.
But bloody hell, I can’t help but feel optimistic about the heavyweight division once again.
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