These are the 8 boxers most likely to face Anthony Joshua over the next 2 years

Anthony Joshua

The hype is real: Anthony Joshua is well on his way to becoming the "face" of boxing.

The 2012 Olympic gold medalist lit up the sport on Saturday with a knockout victory over Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium.

A heavyweight fight for the ages, it confirmed Joshua as the IBF, WBA, and IBO champion and will likely catapult Joshua into regular big-money bouts.

Tyson Fury has already been highlighted as a potential next opponent, but who else could the Londoner duel with?

We have put together a full list of big-money opponents, voluntary world title defences, and mandatory challenges.

Wladimir Klitschko, Ukraine: 64 wins (53 by knockout), 5 losses.

Anthony Joshua may have already beaten Klitschko by knockout but the nature of the fight could lead to a rematch later this year. And let's be honest, who wouldn't want to watch it all over again?

Compubox data demonstrates that Klitschko had a far more authoritative jab as the Ukrainian landed 42% of his lead punches, compared to Joshua's sub-standard 22.5%. This allowed Klitschko to take over and win rounds on Saturday.

Though Joshua scored a highlight-reel stoppage in the 11th round, the fact Klitschko put AJ on the floor in the fifth — combined with the competitive nature of the tussle — means a rematch could be an easy sell.

Klitschko has already noted his desire to secure a rematch and Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn believes American broadcasters would love to see a second fight, potentially at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Deontay Wilder, USA: 38 wins (37 by knockout), 0 losses.

Here is one bad dude.

Deontay Wilder attracts criticism because of the relative mid-level abilities of his opponents.

While Joshua and Tyson Fury have tested themselves against all-time great heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko, Wilder's best win remains Bermane Stiverne.

Yes, his CV is lacking but Wilder still possesses proven power.

Like Joshua, Wilder is an extraordinarily heavy hitter. He often leaves his opponents lying tangled on the canvas and in need of smelling salts.

But while Joshua is more of a textbook puncher, Wilder's shots come from awkward angles that are tough to defend. He also has go-go gadget arms that can seemingly close the distance between himself and opponent in split seconds (see below).

A Joshua v Wilder super-fight would likely take place in Las Vegas in the next 12-18 months and could be a shoot-out for the ages.

Tyson Fury, UK: 25 wins (18 by knockout), 0 losses.

Tyson Fury is a wild card opponent and is potentially Anthony Joshua's bogey-man.

Joshua is intrigued at the prospect of competing against a "villain" and teased the 90,000 fans at Wembley Stadium that Fury could be next.

Fury, though, is one of the most unconventional fighters in boxing. Purists are divided over how good — or how bad — the 28-year-old actually is, but he frustrated Wladimir Klitschko in a defensive masterclass in 2015 (see below).

Fury's out-of-the-ring exploits overshadow the intelligence he shows inside the squared circle and if he replicates his Klitschko performance then he could be the first to inflict defeat onto Joshua in the professional ranks.

Though both boxers want to get in the ring with each other, we may not see this bout materialise until 2018 — but it will be well worth the wait.

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