By Wilmar Patino:
The super heavyweight gold medalist and current IBF champion Anthony Joshua 17-0 (17 KO’S) has had a meteoric rise to the top of the heavyweight division. In only 17 fights he has scored 17 KO’s and only twice has gone beyond the first half in a pro fight. The excitement for a young and hungry heavyweight champion in the UK is at a climax and many are enthusiastic on how far Joshua can go. Along the way in his journey to superstardom, he defeated Charles Martin 23-1-1 (21 KO’s) by 2nd round KO to pick up the IBF strap. After defending it for the first time against Dominic Breazeale 17-1 (15 KO’s) and successfully retaining the title, boxing media and pundits began to ask the question “is Anthony Joshua ready for the best heavyweights?” Today we take a quick look into that possibility.
We may get the answers to this question sooner rather than later. There has been a lot of talk recently about a fight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitshcko 64-4 (53KO’s) taking place in the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Dan Rafael has recently tweeted about the possibility of the mega bout happening for the IBF and WBA belt. “Whether the heavyweight world title fight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko is finalized hinges solely on whether the WBA will sanction the bout”, Klitschko’s manager told ESPN on Tuesday.
Bernd Boente and Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing, have both said the fight terms are agreed to for what would be a Dec. 10 mega fight in England. However, it was stipulated by both sides from the outset that they would only make the fight if another major title was at stake besides the IBF version Joshua holds. So as long as the WBA sanctions this fight we may see Klitschko vs Joshua Dec. 10, 2016. If they do not fight for 2 world titles, then both parties will look elsewhere. Leaving room for heavyweight champs (WBA Interim) Luis “King Kong” Ortiz 25-0 (22 KO’s) and WBC champion Deontay Wilder 37-0 (36 KO’s) to fight Joshua in the near future. We shall see, but in the meantime Anthony Joshua has racked up enough wins and experience to give any heavyweight’s problems. The future is bright, and soon we will find out if Anthony Joshua is ready for the best heavyweights. His power and size has gotten him this far, now his skill and experience will have to do the rest. The heavyweight division is heating up and anything can happen from here to December. So stay tuned to Smackhisface.com for more Lomachenko and Boxing news!