PROMOTER Frank Warren claims Anthony Joshua’s next fight will be against current undisputed cruiserweight world champion Oleksandr Usyk.
Joshua, who holds the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight world titles, is scheduled to fight on April 13 next year, at Wembley Stadium.
Getty Images – Getty13 Warren promoted the fight between Wilder and Fury
REUTERS13 Joshua is promoted by Eddie Hearn
Although a date and venue has been announced, the potential opponent remains a mystery – despite Dillian Whyte, 30, Tyson Fury 30, and Deontay Wilder, 33, seemingly the front runners to face Joshua, 30.
However, Warren claimed it is Usyk, 31, who will be in the opposite corner to Joshua come April 2019, via the Daily Star.
He said: “I am now hearing Joshua’s next opponent for April 13 is not going to be Dillian Whyte and will be Oleksandr Usyk, let them get on with it.
“I know why they want to fight Usyk, he is a smaller guy and not much of a puncher.”
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