Right now, Anthony Joshua is not expected to return to play until 2023, where British players Joe Joyce and Daniel Dubois have been offered attractive players for the former champion.
Joshua has lost two consecutive defeats at the hands of Oleksandr Usyk, and now he will try to return to the world playing field.
Frank Warren suggested either Joyce or Dubois – promoting both – would be a strong opponent.
Joyce is highly ranked in the WBO and holds the ‘middleweight’ title, while Dubois also has a good position with the WBA after winning the ‘regular’ bodyweight belt. Both will provide a dangerous matchup for Joshua but also a path back to the world title fight.
“Now I can start throwing Daniel Dubois and Joe,” said Frank Warren.
“If he doesn’t fight with one of them, I think it will be difficult for them to sell anything and he won’t be able to say, ‘Why would I do this?’ I will tell you why, it will be mandatory.”
He added of Joshua: “Anyone can beat him. I’ll put one of my guys with him. Any of them. Joe Joyce will take him out and so will Dubois.”
If Usyk, the IBF, WBO and WBA champion, does not have a fight with the next WBC champion Tyson Fury, in order to retain all his titles, then he has to fight one of his challengers. Warren would expect that to be Joyce or Dubois.
“We’ve worked hard over the last few years on this heavy field and we’ve led our guys on different teams and we’ve boxed it in a bit so I’m happy,” Warren said.
“Joe is very good [against Joseph Parker], received great reviews from America because his campaign did big numbers there. It was good to watch. He set himself. He and Tyson [Fury] it will be a big fight, [Deontay] Wilder is going to be a great fight, AJ.
“He’ll be out in February. He’s in a good place.”
The promoter believes Usyk will face Fury in early 2023, possibly in late February or March of next year. He also encouraged the Ukrainian to take part in Fury’s title defense against Derek Chisora in December.
“We were all on the same page to do this [before]. This is where we all go with him. He pulled back [unable to box this year]. It’s a great fight, we all love it,” Warren said.
“He’s going to go straight to it. He can’t get warm. If he doesn’t fight Tyson, we’re going to move on the mandatory – we’ve got two of them.”