Tyson Fury’s victory over Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday night in Germany has created a massive buzz in the heavyweight division and Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn is keen to see the pair face off in 2016.
Hearn told IFL TV “My strategy is to get Anthony Joshua to the heavyweight championship of the world as quickly as possible,” and whilst that may be Hearn’s strategy he will have to get in line to get a shot at the champ.
Fury must first give Klitschko a rematch, as stipulated in their original fight contract, which will most likely take place before summer 2016. If Fury is successful then he will have a lot of options available to him. For example he could square off against Deontay Wilder in a unification bout, he could make some voluntary defenses or even face the likes of Joshua in a massive UK showdown.
Joshua, however, must first overcome his toughest test to date when he meets Dillian Whyte on December 12th. Joshua has yet to face any real opposition since turning professional and Whyte will be the first real test for Joshua who already lost to Whyte as an amateur.
The question is does Joshua deserve a title shot if he overcomes Whyte? Or is another, tougher test, required to truly assess Joshua’s talents? Perhaps a bout with Alexander Povetkin or Erkan Teper would really tell us how gifted the Olympic gold medalist really is.