The Brit was set to face his IBF mandatory challenger in June before a proposed date with Tyson Fury to crown an undisputed heavyweight champion. However, the outbreak of COVID-19 saw the fight at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium scrapped and postponed indefinitely.
Yet Joshua has given the clearest indication so far that fans are in for a Christmas cracker whilst commentating during Dillian Whyte’s fight against Alexander Povetkin. He told Sky Sports There’s a potential date in December. Whyte’s world title dream was left in tatters as Alexander Povetkin inflicted a second career defeat on him with a sensational fifth-round knock-out.
Whyte had dominated the opening four rounds and twice sent the 40-year-old Russian to the canvas. But Povetkin turned the fight on its head with a ferocious left uppercut that ended the fight in an instant. Whyte, the WBC’s number one contender for over two years, knew he could not afford any mistakes behind closed doors at Matchroom HQ in Essex.
The prize of meeting the winner of the trilogy fight between current champion Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder was on the line. A two-fight blockbuster clash between the two has now been agreed but first, Fury must overcome Wilder after a third fight between the pair was booked.