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Exclusive: Surprise Opponent Revealed for Joshua’s Next Fight

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In a shocking turn of events, Anthony Joshua’s upcoming opponent will not be Tyson Fury or Oleksandr Usyk as anticipated, according to his close associate Derek Chisora.

Having secured a decisive victory over Francis Ngannou in his last bout, former two-time world champion Joshua was in line for a shot at the undisputed world titles. However, Fury and Usyk are scheduled to fight for the heavyweight championship next month, with a rematch clause that guarantees another showdown later this year, irrespective of the outcome.

According to Chisora, Joshua is set to headline a Wembley Stadium event hosted by Queensbury Promotions. Chisora revealed, “He is slated to face the victor of the upcoming match between Daniel Dubois and [Filip] Hrgovic at Wembley. I might spill the beans here, but that’s the game plan. It will surely be an exciting endeavor, and Turki Alalshikh is bringing it back to London,” Chisora disclosed to iFL TV.

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The showdown between Dubois and Hrgovic is expected to take place as an undercard event during Artur Beterbiev and Dmitry Bivol’s undisputed clash in Saudi Arabia on June 1. If the IBF enforces a mandatory defense for Fury or Usyk against Hrgovic, the fight could potentially be for the IBF world title. Rumors also suggest a heavyweight bout between Deontay Wilder and Zhilei Zhang, who both suffered losses to Joseph Parker in their recent fights, might be featured on the same card.

Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, believes that if Fury triumphs over Usyk in their upcoming fight, negotiations for a highly-anticipated Fury-Joshua matchup will take place instead of a Usyk rematch. Contrarily, Fury’s promoter Frank Warren is standing firm on the two-fight undisputed deal, which could postpone a potential Fury vs. Joshua showdown until March.

Hearn asserts that Joshua has now claimed the title of the best heavyweight boxer globally, following his spectacular performance against Ngannou, securing his fourth consecutive victory. However, Fury dismissed Hearn’s claim by pointing out Joshua’s prior losses to Usyk. Fury remarked, “Given Usyk defeated Joshua twice, I’m sure he has a different opinion regarding the best in the heavyweight division.”

“For the true essence of boxing, the showdown between me and Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed heavyweight championship holds the utmost significance. While my performance against Francis Ngannou might have been lackluster, that’s the way a boxer should handle him. Yet, if the fight takes place next year, the dynamics will undoubtedly be altered,” Fury added.

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