By Tom Gray
Demand for an Anthony Joshua fight has risen to new heights following his stunning 11th-round stoppage of former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko last month.
Joshua (19-0, 19 knockouts) recovered from a knockdown to halt the legendary Ukrainian in a fight that sent shockwaves through the sport.
The inevitable question: When will fans see him fight again?
“November is the most likely month for a return but it’s early days all round,” said Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn in an interview with Sky Sports in the U.K.
“We are looking at potential dates and venues for Anthony Joshua’s next fight – Cardiff, Las Vegas, China and Dubai are all in play.”
The venue for a bout in Cardiff, Wales, would likely be the Principality Stadium (formerly the Millennium Stadium) which holds over 74,000 people. The last major boxing event staged there was the super middleweight unification clash between Joe Calzaghe and Mikkel Kessler in 2007. That fight also took place in November and the stadium has the benefit of having a retractable roof to combat adverse weather conditions.
Joshua, who holds IBF and WBA heavyweight titles, has an array of options in terms of opposition. A rematch with Klitschko appears to be the frontrunner and there are also mandatory obligations in the form of Kubrat Pulev (IBF) and Luis Ortiz (IBF).
Tom Gray is a UK Correspondent/ Editor for RingTV.com and a member of THE RING ratings panel. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing
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