With Anthony Joshua v Tyson Fury now off, fighters are lining up to get their shot at the winning the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles.
While everyone looked forward to AJ and Fury taking to the ring in Saudi Arabia to determine who would be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, Deontay Wilder decided that he was going to throw a spanner in the works.
In refusing to step aside and forcing Fury into a trilogy fight, the British boxing blockbuster fight was shelved, with AJ now in need of finding a new opponent.
While Oleksandr Usyk would be an obvious choice, there’s two fighters which Joshua has already beaten that are hoping to se secure a second (and third) bite at the cherry.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Dillian Whyte’s trainer, Xavier Miller, claimed that they wanted the winner of Fury v Wilder III. However, Whyte replied, saying “I want AJ now.”
He’s not alone, though. Speaking to iFL TV, AJ’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, revealed that Andy Ruiz Jr has reached out to him over organising their own trilogy fight.
“There’s quite a few. If you’re going to America, he’s already messaged me, it’s like deja vu, Andy Ruiz.”
“He messaged me on Instagram and said: ‘I’m ready, let’s do this, AJ v Ruiz three.'”
With boxing fans already being forced to watch a fight that we’ve already seen twice, opposed to one that we’ve been waiting to happen for years, it would probably be unwise for AJ to step into the ring with Ruiz for a third time.
There’d definitely be appetite for a Whyte rematch, but Usyk would rightly feel aggrieved to have been overlooked once again. A bout with the Ukrainian looks to be the most plausible.
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