The unbeaten 28-year-old Hackney fighter produced a controlled display as he became the first male member of Great Britain’s 2016 Olympics squad to claim a professional world title.
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The all-British mega-bout is close to being agreed after the WBO stepped in to handle the issue of the mandatory challenger to Joshua’s WBO belt Oleksandr Usyk.
The unified champion dealt with IBF mandatory Kubrat Pulev in clinical fashion at the SSE Arena in Wembley before Christmas to end his 12-month ring exile.
The two are expected to meet in 2021 after AJ beat Kubrat Pulev to retain his world heavyweight belts.
However, this will happen if he does not fight another Briton, Tyson Fury, according to BoxingScene.
The Matchroom supremo insisted on Sunday that only a few minor issues are yet to be resolved in the latest indication that both British stars will soon fight to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
Joshua returned to the ring following a 12-month absence last weekend, knocking out the obdurate Kubrat Pulev in the ninth round of a one-sided fight.
“We are aiming to fight for the WBO title next and Usyk wants to fight Anthony Joshua and that is what we are going to do,” he noted.
The unified heavyweight champion is set to defend his titles against his Bulgarian IBF mandatory challenger on December 12, and is then eyeing an undisputed fight with WBC king Fury.
Ukrainian Usyk remains mandatory challenger for Joshua’s WBO heavyweight belt after beating Derek Chisora in a points win on Saturday night.
Usyk’s firepower will be tested like never before in just his second fight as a heavyweight against Derek Chisora on Saturday night.
Chisora can end Usyk’s undefeated record and claim his status as WBO mandatory challenger when they collide on October 31.
AJ is currently next scheduled to face mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev later this year, but may then have to fight Oleksandr Usyk before an all-British clash with Fury can materialise.
Joshua holds three of the four major world titles and his next two fights could be against mandatory challengers.
Tyson Fury announced he had agreed terms for a two-fight deal with Joshua in 2021 in what would be the first undisputed heavyweight showdown in over 20 years.
Chisora would rather wait than have the fight with former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk go ahead without fans at London’s O2 Arena, but if that means a significant delay he could sign up for a fight with Bellator MMA.
Should “AJ ” get past the durable Bulgarian, Hearn wants Joshua v Fury in December, which could open the door for Kiwi Joseph Parker to fight for a vacated WBO title
Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has told talkSPORT that his man will vacate one of his world titles, if it means confirming a fight with Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury later this year.
Anthony Joshua has insisted that a “curveball” offer could tempt Deontay Wilder into a dream undisputed heavyweight championship fight, and has revealed he has held meetings to discuss how to set it up.
Joshua is currently choosing whether to fight Usyk – mandatory challenger for his WBO belt – or Kubrat Pulev – mandatory challenger for his IBF belt – but the latest pictures would suggest the 30-year-old is leaning towards a match with the Ukranian