Five opponents for Joshua if he beats Usyk including three Brits including Fury

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Anthony Joshua is unquestionably another hurdle away from his dream of heavyweight supremacy.

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Joshua agreed with Tyson Fury to keep all four titles in the Blue Riband division for the first time in August.

Anthony Joshua ahead of his fight with Oleksandr Usykcredit: Instagram @anthonyjoshua

But then Fury was ordered by an arbitrator to complete his contracted trilogy match with Deontay Wilder.


That left AJ to face mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham’s stadium this Saturday.

Joshua will hope that a victory will again put him in line to fight Fury, but, with many other challengers waiting in the wings if things go wrong again.

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Here SunSport looks at AJ’s five potential next opponents – win, lose or draw on Saturday night.

Tyson Fury

Boxing fans will pray, Joshua, 31, and Fury, 33, both come out from their respected Fights Still champions, when all-English unification can finally begin.

The two of them have made it clear that there is no other option they want more and with all the money this is definitely a no brainer.

But AJ recently compared it to Floyd Mayweather’s fight with Manny Pacquiao, which took more than five years to build but broke the pay-per-view record.

Everyone involved would expect the Battle of Britain to have equal success, but it could be resolved much sooner than in the next five years.

Tyson Fury leaves for Las Vegas ahead of his trilogy with Deontay Wilder

Tyson Fury leaves for Las Vegas ahead of his trilogy with Deontay Wildercredit: Instagram @toprank

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Joe Joyce

Joyce, 35, was in line to fight Usyk, 34, for the WBO ‘interim’ title, while in talks with Joshua Fury.

But after his fall, Usik was given his shot at AJ, while Joyce was made the new essential.

That should guarantee a crack in the belt, but now the WBO is behind the WBA and IBF in line for a mandatory fight.

Joyce could have been made to wait, but his ranking gives him a great chance to fight AJ in the future.

Joe Joyce is essential to Anthony Joshua's WBO belt

Joe Joyce is essential to Anthony Joshua’s WBO beltcredit: Reuters

Dillian White

White, 33, defeated Joshua in a 2009 amateur fight, but was held back six years later when he rematched in the professional ranks.

He is now gunning for Fury’s belt after a relentless period of waiting as WBC’s No. 1 challenger.

White calls in front of AJ to get his chance against Fury and seeks the support of the WBC to do so.

But, a rematch with Joshua is a big draw if terms cannot be agreed elsewhere and the pairing of promoter Eddie Hearn is already in his stable.

Dillian White and Promoter Eddie Hearn

Dillian White and Promoter Eddie Hearn

deontay wilder

If Fury is forced to fight White, it eliminates two of the three biggest British giants in the game.

And even if Wilder is once again beaten by Fury, his history of unsuccessful negotiations with AJ, and proven punching power, will always appeal to fans.

Plus, if the 35-year-old American succeeds in seeking revenge on Fury in October, it leads to the usual big fight between Wilder and Joshua.

The Bronze Bomber has made it clear that AJ is the man he wants next if he retrieves his WBC belt.

Deontay Wilder training for his fight with Tyson Fury

Deontay Wilder training for his fight with Tyson Furycredit: Ryan Haffy / Premier Boxing Champions

Oleksandr Usik Rematch

If Joshua is beaten by Usyak, there is a rematch clause in his contract.

But boxing is a strange old sport, and even if AJ wins, or draws, a rematch with a Ukrainian cannot be ruled out.

Usyk is the type of opponent you won’t be in line to fight, so doing this twice would be doable.

But, Joshua is fearlessly competitive and if there is any doubt after Saturday, he will be the first to try and sort it out.

Alexander Usyk training to fight Anthony Joshua

Alexander Usyk training to fight Anthony Joshua

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