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Anthony Joshua’s Next Fight in Jeopardy After Deontay Wilder’s Defeat

What's Next for Anthony Joshua?

Anthony Joshua is set to take on Otto Wallin in Saudi Arabia tonight, but with Deontay Wilder's recent defeat, his highly anticipated heavyweight clash with Wilder is in jeopardy.

For months, there has been talk of a mega-fight between Joshua and Wilder in 2024. However, both fighters had to get through their respective opponents first. Unfortunately for Wilder, he lost to Joseph Parker via unanimous decision on the undercard, which has put his two-fight deal with Joshua in doubt.

Looking for a New Opponent

With the fight against Wilder no longer guaranteed, Joshua will have to find a new opponent for his rumored March 9th date. One option could be a rematch with Joseph Parker, whom Joshua has defeated before. However, the money on offer for a Parker rematch is significantly less than what Joshua would have earned in a fight against Wilder.

Another possibility for Joshua is to target a world title shot. He could wait for the winner of the Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk fight on February 17th. However, a potential stumbling block is the rematch clause, which may leave Joshua sidelined for months as he waits for the winner of their two fights.

If a world title shot doesn't materialize, Joshua could pursue a mandatory shot at the IBF title. This would potentially set up a fight against Filip Hrgovic, who recently defeated Mark De Mori on the undercard in Saudi Arabia.

Uncertain Future

It is clear that Joshua's next fight is no longer set in stone. Unless a new contract with Wilder can be renegotiated, Joshua will have to explore other options to continue his boxing career at the highest level.