Anthony Joshua in 2020, what fights will he be in ?

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  1. Hurrikeen

    Hurrikeen Member Full Member

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    AJ v Pulev (IBF)
    Usyk v Parker (WBO)
    Fury v Wilder (WBC)
    Whyte v Kownacki (WBC Mandatory (I know, another for Whyte!)

    AJ v Usyk (Unification)
    Fury/Wilder Winner vs Whyte (WBC)

    The above is based on winner of Fury/Wilder not taking a voluntary in between. Otherwise, could be loser vs Whyte.
     
  2. Inglis_1

    Inglis_1 Well-Known Member Full Member

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    It'll be Pulev then Whyte...yay.
     
  3. TonyHayers

    TonyHayers Well-Known Member Full Member

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    To be fair, that’s a brilliant year in comparison to what we’ve just had. If someone had said 2019 would bring Wilder v Breazeale, Wilder v Ortiz II, Fury v Schwarz, Fury v Wallin, and Joshua fighting Ruiz twice you’d have said the year couldn’t get much worse.

    Wilder Ortiz II and Joshua Pulev to start is fine by me.
     
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  4. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    I thought Wilder-Ortiz 2 was a respectable fight to make, to be honest.
    Ortiz gave Wilder hell the first time and he came in shape for the rematch a few weeks back.
    But, yeah, the year overall was disappointing.
     
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  5. nurological

    nurological Boxing Addict Full Member

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    I know it's a mando but I really hope he doesn't have to fight Pulev. Who on earth does really?

    Wilder, Fury or Usyk next otherwise who cares?
     
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  6. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Joshua-Pulev doesn't interest me much at all.
    Pulev is made to order for AJ and he's another old man. His pull-out of the fight 2 years ago is also a concern, okay, he might have been injured or maybe he just wanted to milk the mandatory spot a bit longer before cashing himself in.
     
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  7. Scissors

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    Pulev and then maybe a voluntary to Hunter away in America again whilst dropping the WBO to Usyk.
     
  8. Jurgen

    Jurgen Boxing Addict booted Full Member

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    Anthony Fury-Klitschko will avoid the dangerous fighters Fury, Wilder, Usyk, Dubois, Joyce and Bakole now he has learned he cannot take a punch.

    It will be 2 puddings and Pudding Whyte and Pudding Pulev almost certain - don't rule out Pudding Chisora getting a crack either.
     
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  9. Crixus139

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    Not totally unfeasible and would represent a great year. All kinds of stars will need to align though. Actually thinking about it they would prob want more than 3 months to promote the super fight if that is the one at the end of the year actually no chance lol.

    The "undisputed" narrative hasn't gone away so I expect AJ to take care of all his mandatories next year. PR machine will be in overdrive and this will be lapped up and deemed acceptable to the right people. Super fight involving AJ would then be 2021 best case. That poor Ring belt will be a relic by the time it's up for grabs!!

    Prob 2 fights for AJ next year, then. Pulev and probably Usyk.

    So no room for Whyte unless they change tact and turn AJ into just a prize fighter.
     
  10. Brixton Bomber

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    Pulev fight will happen, because AJ isn't losing that belt for a while, and Pulev has sat out for this for ages.

    Usyk is in-house and game, so no reason not for it to happen.

    Wilder/Fury will have no choice or options but to fight AJ.
     
  11. TonyHayers

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    It was respectable whilst at the same time somewhat annoying. There has been clamour for Wilder to have one rematch. For whatever reason he's not had it, but has recently had two rematches nobody was that bothered about.

    Also, Ortiz is on that level with Whyte, Parker and Povetkin where ideally you'd want to fight as many of them as you can. Whyte would have been a fight you'd want to see. Wilder would have almost certainly won, but it looks better to say 'I knocked this guy out, and this guy out' rather than 'I beat this old guy twice.'
     
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  12. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Joshua's not fighting 3 times in 2020.
    I'm not sure Usyk draws well enough for the risk to be worth it. Of course, AJ can fight anyone and draw immense numbers and to the casual audience Usyk doesn't mean a lot.
    Whyte draws just as well at least and is less risk.
     
  13. TonyHayers

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    I'd actually be more intrigued by him fighting Usyk after one or two fights than now.

    If he fights Usyk straight away and beats him, Usyk was just a hyped cruiserweight. If Usyk fights a bit of a gatekeeper type like Chisora and does a serious number on him, then all of a sudden there's a bit more intrigue.

    Pulev is a mandatory, has still only ever lost to Klitschko, and with Fury and Wilder apparently tied up fighting each other he represents pretty much the best option who Joshua hasn't already beaten.
     
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  14. Crixus139

    Crixus139 Member Full Member

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    Fighting Whyte might mean dropping a belt (WBO is it) ? Don't think they will want to do that unless it's for the chance at the WBC.
     
  15. TonyHayers

    TonyHayers Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Also, a big part of this question may very well be what happens in the Wilder Fury fight.

    I'll make a prediction now. If Wilder loses, I don't think Joshua Wilder will ever happen.
     


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