Anthony Joshua’s Comeback Plans
Anthony Joshua, the former world champion, is reportedly planning a comeback after back-to-back defeats to Oleksandr Usyk. The Briton is rumored to face old rival Dillian Whyte in a tune-up bout, but now Australian heavyweight Demsey McKean has issued a bold challenge to Joshua, saying “any place, any time.”
McKean, who is currently undefeated with a record of 22-0, 14 of which were knockouts, is considered untested at world level. He recently won the IBF Intercontinental heavyweight title after defeating Patrick Korte in the third round last October. He says he’s the only name that’s in the mix for a potential opponent for Joshua and that he would cherish the opportunity to fight him.
Joshua’s 2023 Schedule: Three Fights with Clash Against Fury or Wilder “Nailed On”
A possible date for this fight could be in April, according to Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn. He has said that Joshua’s 2023 schedule includes three fights, with a clash against Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder “nailed on.”
Deontay Wilder’s Trainer Predicts Knockout in Three Rounds
However, Deontay Wilder’s trainer Malik Scott has a different prediction for Joshua’s future. He believes that while Joshua is still one of the world’s top heavyweights, he is susceptible to an early knockout from Wilder. Fans have been clamoring for a fight between Wilder and Joshua since they held all the gold in 2018. Although Wilder has recently returned to the ring, knocking out Robert Helenius in one round and is setting up a return to world title contention with the WBC.
Scott says that the main focus is not Joshua, but for Wilder to be in the biggest fights of his career. He also mentioned that Joshua is not at the top of Wilder’s list but is in the top three to five in the heavyweight division. He concludes that he believes Wilder would knock out Joshua in three rounds.
The Future of the Heavyweight Division and Joshua’s Role in it.
It remains to be seen if the Joshua vs McKean or Joshua vs Wilder fight will materialize, but one thing is for certain, the heavyweight division is heating up with many potential match-ups on the horizon. With McKean issuing his challenge, and Wilder’s trainer making bold predictions, it’s clear that both fighters are eager to face Joshua in the ring.
Joshua, on the other hand, will have to weigh his options carefully and decide which path to take as he looks to regain his world champion status. With a new trainer in Derrick James, and a renewed focus on technique and confidence, Joshua will have to be at the top of his game if he hopes to come out victorious against any of these formidable opponents.
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