Anthony Joshua’s rematch for the world title did not go as planned, but the Briton has promised to return stronger and fight again later this year.
The 32-year-old was denied the opportunity to reclaim the WBA (Super), IBF, and WBO championships after being defeated for the second time in a row by Oleksandr Usyk, this time on a split decision in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Some analysts and former boxers, notably Carl Froch, urged Joshua resign if he was defeated convincingly.
However, 11 months after losing by unanimous decision to Ukraine’s Usyk, Joshua showed indications of improvement in a tighter battle, albeit he once again fell short against one of the sport’s most talented fighters.
“All are welcome. Anyone who wants it can have it. I’m not bothered, “He stated.
Joshua is not afraid of a battle, but with three losses in his previous five fights, his next fight might be critical to his future in the sport.
Our expectations of witnessing WBC champion Tyson Fury square up against Anthony Joshua have plainly been dashed.
If Joshua had defeated Usyk, the Fury bout would have been memorable and historic, defining the present age of British heavyweight boxing.
It was a superfight that was almost made in August. Fury stated that he had accepted to fight Joshua in Saudi Arabia, but Deontay Wilder successfully appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and Fury was instead compelled to meet the American a third time.
Fury-Joshua is still a big deal and cannot be ruled out. The Gypsy King claims to have retired, but not everyone believes him, including his co-promoter Bob Arum, and the unbeaten champion intimated on Saturday evening that he would return to the ring.
If Fury continues, he will very certainly seek an indisputable showdown with Usyk.
A second professional bout with opponent Dillian Whyte will always be an option for Joshua.
Whyte defeated Joshua in amateur competition before ‘AJ’ avenged himself with a knockout to win the British heavyweight championship in 2015.
There is genuine hostility between the two. They’ve mellowed and developed mutual respect in recent years,
Whyte has come a long way since their first fight, but he is coming off a heartbreaking stoppage loss to Fury earlier this year.
The story for Joshua-Whyte II would be straightforward: the winner would remain on, while the loser would most likely retire.
it wouldn’t take much to rekindle the flames.