Tyson Fury (25 wins, 0 losses)
His intense regime to get fit again and fight Joshua is something that the majority of the boxing world would thrive upon. Posting regularly on social media, Fury has hit the gym in an attempt to fight again following the loss of his boxing license.
Joshua recently took to Twitter in a foul-mouthed tirade in which he invited Fury to get fit for next year and boxing fans will now be expecting the pair to fight at some point in 2018.
The main aim for Fury will be to get fighting fit again, before waiting to hear back from UK Anti-Doping following his suspended drugs ban.
If the ‘Gypsy King’ can get back to full fitness, and legal disputes are sorted, then next year could potentially see a mouthwatering fight between the two.
Deontay Wilder (39-0)
Wilder is desperate to fight Joshua. With 39 victories to his name and 38 of those being knockouts, the American on paper would potentially be the hardest puncher Joshua has come up against.
The bout, which would likely take place in the UK, would be Wilder’s second fight across the pond. He took on Englishman Audley Harrison in 2013 and knocked him out in 70 seconds.
Joshua has expressed the need to be patient when arranging such a big fight and said: “I’ve always handled my business with negotiations behind closed doors. When things are done, I’ll announce them.”
Dillian Whyte (22-1)
Following their fight in January last year, Whyte would no doubt love to fight Joshua again. The pair’s intense rivalry was witnessed by a sold out O2 Arena, as well as the millions that watched on their screens at home.
Despite being dramatically knocked out on the night, Whyte was the first fighter to hurt Joshua during his career and that will surely give him confidence if the two were to go at it again.
Whyte has explained that if the pair were to fight again, there would be a different outcome.
“Fight him again it will be a different story,” said Whyte. “He’s shown that he’s vulnerable when he gets put under pressure.”
Kubrat Pulev (26-1)
The Bulgarian was scheduled to face Joshua at the back end of last month in Cardiff but had to pull out because of a shoulder injury sustained in training.
Pulev would feel he still deserves his shot at Joshua considering the fight that replacement Carlos Takam put up and would probably back himself if the fight were to enter the later rounds.
The heavyweight’s last fight was back in April against Kevin Johnson, a fight he won via unanimous decision. Pulev’s only loss came against Wladimir Klitschko in 2014 when he was knocked out by the Ukrainian in Germany.
Luis Ortiz (27-0, 2 NC)
It’s possible this man would pose one of the biggest threats to Joshua in terms of technical boxing ability and is known for his expert counterpunching skills and considerable power.
The Cuban’s credibility has been questioned in the past though, failing multiple drug tests including one as recent as October, one that had his fight with undefeated Deontay Wilder cancelled.
Ortiz, who dubs himself ‘The Real King Kong’, has to wait for his chance at Joshua however, because of his one-year ban for doping, due to end next November.
Joseph Parker (24-0)
The fourth undefeated man on this list, and another threat to AJ’s heavyweight throne, Parker beat Tyson Fury’s cousin Hughie last time out.
The New Zealander won a mildly controversial decision, with many believing that Fury won the bout comfortably, most notably the BBC’s Mike Costello, who compared Fury’s performance to Muhammad Ali.
Parker is the current WBO heavyweight champion.
Source : EXPRESS