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Where will Anthony Joshua fight next and who will he face?

Anthony Joshua regained his world title belts on Saturday after a points victory against Andy Ruiz Jr.

The controversial fight in Saudi Arabia was the rematch between the two following Ruiz’s shock victory over the British fighter in June.

Victory for Joshua means he is now two-time world heavyweight champion, holding the WBA (super), IBO, IBF and WBF heavyweight titles.

But now the question is who is next in line for Joshua?

Potential opponents:

Oleksandr Usyk:

Usyk could be the most likely opponent for Joshua as the WBO could force Joshua to fight the mandatory challenger.

The Ukrainian has a record of 17 wins and zero loses in his professional career and famously beat Tony Bellew in the cruiser-weight division.

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After Joshua’s victory on Saturday, he was asked in his post fight press conference about a potential bout with Usyk.

He said: “In 180 days? Lets rock and roll mate. Usyk? No problem.”

Kubrat Pulev:

In similar circumstances to Usyk, a fight against Kubrat Pulev could be forced upon Joshua from the IBF.

Pulev, the IBF mandatory challenger has lost one of his 29 fights, losing to Vladimir Klitschko in 2014.

The Bulgarian could make his debut on British soil should he fight Joshua in 2020.

Dillian Whyte:

Joshua’s long-term rival could be next in line to face him again.

Whyte has only lost one fight which was against Joshua in 2015 at the O2 arena.

He did have a drug’s ban overturned last week before defeating Mariusz Wach on the undercard in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

BBC boxing correspondent Mike Costello reckons Whyte could be AJ’s first opponent in 2020.

He said: “Dillian Whyte at Wembley next year makes all the sense in the world.

“Ukad have cleared him, Whyte and Joshua have got an old beef – that’s perfect.”

The rivalry between the two was fueled in 2009 when Whyte beat Joshua in an amateur bout.

Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder:

Perhaps the fight that everyone wants to see.

Fury and Wilder drew their last fight in Los Angeles a year ago with their highly anticipated rematch n February, 22nd.

It looks though as if Joshua will fight once more before fighting either of these which is potentially going to be next summer.

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Following the fight, Joshua had his say on Wilder and Fury:

“Once their rematch is out of the way they can start mentioning my name,

“I can’t keep on fighting all the champions, the best in the division and then other people who say they want to step up don’t step up.

“All challengers are welcome to take on this current unified champion.”

Where will the next fight be held?

AJ has fought at some big arena’s and stadium all over the United Kingdom along with Madison’s Square Gardens and now Saudi Arabia.

There is talk though that Joshua could be the first boxer to fight in the new Tottenham Hostspur Stadium.

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The new Spurs’ ground has a capacity of just over 60,000 which is significantly less than Wembley Stadium, where Joshua has fought before.

If Pulev is his opponent, it’ll be the Bulgarians first fight in the UK in his career.

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With a potential bout with Wilder, AJ and his team could go back across the Atlantic to fight for the first time in Los Angeles or potentially Las Vegas, to try and claim all the world heavyweight titles.

Whoever Joshua fights next, it will surely be a highly-anticipated encounter with the Brit looking back at his best in the desert and ready to maybe dominate thew heavyweight division once again.

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