Earlier this year the ##News/tag/boxing/" itemprop="keywords">Boxing world anticipated the rematch against Tyson Fury and Vladimir Klitschko . Due to a number of reasons - a number of them on medical grounds, the rematch was cancelled. Fury had his titles stripped and Klitschko was left without an opponent and without a chance of a rematch. Up steps UK fan favourite Anthony Joshua. The much loved hard hitter made himself available to fight the Ukrainian.
Feelings from Joshua's corner
The Joshua/ Klitschko fight was more appealing than that of the Fury rematch. Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn hailed this fight as “the superfight of the last decade.” Despite the hype towards the fight there was never a set date. Unfortunately Klitschko has announced that he was carrying an injury and would be unable to fight on December 10. Shattering news as it was for Joshua as this would have been by far the biggest fight of his career. Eddie Hearn still remains optimistic of him still fighting a top opponent; “There’s quite a few guys from America calling him out and we have a big deal with Showtime as well. Guys like Bryant Jennings, Eric Molina, Jarrell Miller, all guys in the top 15. David Price is calling Anthony Joshua out but I am not sure he has done quite enough. He’s been making some noise and they are two Olympic medalists in an Olympic year. Over the next 48 hours we’ll make our decision I would think.”
Joshua still has to fight on December 10 in order for him to retain his current title. Despite Hearn’s statement of the boxers Joshua wants to fight. The final decision is down to Joshua – it’s who he wants to fight. After all that has to get himself motivated during the prematch fight camp so choosing the right opponent is vital. Potential opponents are:
Many Pundits such as former heavyweight champion David Haye believe that Mexican-American Eric Molina will be the chosen opponent from the Joshua Camp. The current IBF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion. Molina whose current record stands at 28-3, was recently knocked out by Deontay Wilder – would be in for a hard fight against Joshua. Wilder is often compared to Joshua with many boxing fans pleading to the hope of these two giants getting into the ring in the near future rather than later. Molina couldn’t compete with wilder as he was eventually knocked out in the 10th round by the 31 year old. Joshua will look to make quick work of him to prove a point that he is better than wilder.
The former Kick boxer turned boxer from New York, Jarrell Miller is a potential opponent for Joshua. Miller has caught the attention of Eddie Hearn he is the current WBO NABO heavyweight champion with an impressive 19-1-0 record. Despite the transition from kickboxing to boxing Joshua still has the capability of putting this fight to bed in the early rounds to send a message out to Klitschko that he is ready and waiting.
Another product of the Olympic set up like Joshua; David Price made his name in the boxing world by achieving bronze in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. The 33-year-old from Liverpool has already made it known that he wants to fight Joshua and that he is the perfect replacement for Klitschko. The former British and Commonwealth champion said that he is ‘100% interested in a potential fight against Joshua’ and that talks have taken place but nothing formal as of yet. Speaking to The Mirror recently Price said, “What have I done not to deserve this fight? I haven't done anything except lose to two drugs cheats. If anyone wants to bring that up, that doesn't stand up as an argument.” "I've got more knockouts than Anthony Joshua has had fights," said the 6ft 8ins Scouser.
Final statement on Klitschko
Eddie Hearn has announced that their camp will decide Joshua’s opponent for December 10th in the next few days but they remain eager to fight Klitchsko at the earliest opportunity – with Klitschko himself admitting that beginning of 2017 looks most likely. #Britain