The 28-year-old former Olympic champion, currently ranked the world’s top heavyweight, is the odds-on favourite to win the award after his victory over Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley in April earned him the WBA and IBO belts to add to his existing IBF title.
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While the Brit looks to keep moving up the ladder in the world of boxing, the Ukranian veteran called time on an illustrious career.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has tipped a meeting with WBC champion Deontay Wilder as an inevitability, while coach Rob McCracken hopes that a bout against WBO champion Joseph Parker presents itself first.
The Cameroon-born Frenchman, 36, is a late replacement for the injured Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev, stepping in with just 12 days notice
The 28-year-old, last in action against Wladimir Klitschko six months ago, tipped the scales at 18st 2lbs – a stone more than his opponent at 16st 11lbs
Joshua is the overwhelming favourite to come out on top in Cardiff, with Takam only confirmed as his opponent last week after Kubrat Pulev was forced to pull out with a shoulder injury.
Joshua will defend his WBA ‘Super’ and IBF heavyweight world titles against mandatory challenger Pulev at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on October 28.
Fury has not fought competitively since he faced Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf, where he won a unanimous points decision to claim the IBF, WBA and WBO world heavyweight titles.
The former world champion has not fought since July 2015 when he captured a series of titles from Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf
Former heavyweight champion Fury has not fought since 2015, when he beat Wladimir Klitschko to take the WBA, IBF and WBA world heavyweight titles.
Joshua meets his IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on October 28 after his planned Las Vegas rematch with Klitschko was scuppered by the Ukrainian’s retirement from the sport
Unbeaten Joshua, 27, was set to face Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch of their Wembley Stadium classic from April but the Ukrainian opted to retire.
Joshua has been ordered by the IBF to face mandatory challenger Pulev after a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko fell through when the former champ retired.
The 27-year-old Briton, who also holds the IBF and IBO titles, had been due to face Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch of their April bout that Joshua won via an 11th round knockout.
The Ukrainian, 41, had been considering the prospect of a lucrative rematch with Anthony Joshua but has decided it is best to end his professional career in the ring
Joshua beat Klitschko by 11th-round knockout in April to become a two-belt world champion and the Ukrainian is currently considering whether to activate a rematch clause.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn added that the fight is likely to take place in Las Vegas, with either the MGM Grand or the T-Mobile Arena the expected venue for the encounter.
Joshua has been linked with an all British bout with Fury the next time he steps into the ring, with both camps talking up a potential showdown.
Joshua stopped the 41-year-old Ukrainian in the 11th round of their Wembley blockbuster in April. And though Klitschko has yet to decide whether he wants to fight on, Hearn has travelled to the States alongside Matchroom’s Head of Boxing Frank Smith and Joshua’s manager Freddie Cunningham.
Joshua beat Klitschko after 11 rounds to extend his unbeaten streak to 19 fights, and a clause in their contracts allows the defeated fighter to ask for a rematch. But the 41-year-old is yet to make decision about his future.