Joshua Prefers Pulev, Usyk, Wilder-Fury 2 Winner in 2020
After winning back the heavyweight titles he had lost in upset fashion, Anthony Joshua is aiming for a major 2020 inside the boxing ring.
Last year, Joshua lost the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles to Andy Ruiz inside New York’s Madison Square Garden — arguably boxing’s biggest upset since James “Buster” Douglas beat Mike Tyson in 1990. Joshua rebounded from that first loss of his pro career by outclassing Ruiz in 12 rounds in Saudi Arabia to regain the titles a little less than two months ago.
In the aftermath of regaining the championships, Joshua was given mandatory challengers by two sanctioning bodies, with the WBO naming former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk its mandatory challenger and the IBF giving that status to Kubrat Pulev.
It appears Joshua will first be doing business with Pulev, who was scheduled to challenge Joshua in October 2017 before an injury forced him out and replaced by Carlos Takam. Such a fight is being targeted for May or June.
Joshua hopes that the rest of his 2020 can see him satisfy his WBO challenger in Usyk before an even bigger showdown — an undisputed title fight with either current WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder or lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. Wilder and Fury put their unbeaten records and titles on the line in their February 22 rematch.
“It will be better for me to fight Fury or Wilder now before they took a loss. In a weird way, losing does something to you and the experience of going through it can bring out the best in you. A fight with the winner will happen for sure.
“I would 100% love to fight again at Wembley, it’s mad to say I’ve boxed here it’s a blessing. If it was up to me, in 2020 I’d fight Usyk and the winner of Wilder versus Fury.”
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