Not for the first time, Anthony Joshua’s career is at a crossroads.
After rematching Andy Ruiz Jr to win back his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts, Britain now finds itself in the same boat as Oleksandr Usyk.
Only, unlike Ruiz Jr., do many believe AJ will have his job cut-out to win his rematch with Usyak, which is likely to take place in early spring.
With an all-British unification against Tyson Fury if he loses to Usyak again, where will Joshua go from there?
Here are five opponents against whom SunSport thinks the 31-year-old can make a comeback.
Cornerman Malik Scott has confirmed that the Bronze Bomber is up for a long layoff after losing to Tyson Fury.
Next year’s comeback against Joshua could be the perfect way for the American to ensure that he remains relevant in the division.
The winner of this super fight will be well placed for a shot at the winner of Usyk vs Fury.
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If White comes through with an uphill task against Otto Wallin on October 30, he must fight Fury.
Britt is long due for a title shot, and could face the Gypsy King around the time AJ will be fighting Usyk.
Should White lose, a bounce back bout with Joshua may suit both men’s ambitions to get back into contention.
Andy Ruiz Jr.
There currently can’t be much appetite for a trilogy match between Ruiz Jr. and AJ.
But with the Mexican-American looking slimmer and fitter than ever, he may be back in contention.
After his win over Chris Arriola in May, Ruiz Jr looks set to fight again before the end of the year – with both Luis Ortiz and Charles Martin mentioned as potential opponents.
The Juggernaut has impressed as of late, beating knowledgeable veteran Carlos Takam over the summer before backing it up with the highly renowned Daniel Dubois last year.
Joyce is currently the mandated challenger for Usyk’s WBO belt.
And at 36 years old, Britain’s make-or-break fight against Joshua could be an extremely tempting proposition.
Hergovic is a rising unbeaten star and is seen as one of the major forces of the future.
Croatia are 13–0, but haven’t made the move to the world stage that it needs to take its career to the next step.
A fight with AJ would be a big step forward, but an incredible opportunity for the 29-year-old Croatian.