In any other sport, it would be WBC champion Deontay Wilder next for Anthony Joshua. Sports like to define an undisputed world No 1. Boxing rarely works that way. The biggest fight is defined by where, when, and what the the purse split will be. It could take months, or even over a year to complete the deal.
The Russian is the No 1 contender to Joshua’s WBA belt. The 38-year-old knocked out David Price on the undercard of Joshua-Parker with a chilling left hook.
‘Big Baby’ Miller from Brooklyn is another loud American with a marketable record – 20 wins with 18 knockouts – and could provide a US East Coast debut for Joshua. Already mentioned as a summer option by promoter Eddie Hearn.
The re-match against the Londoner that Joshua would have any time. There is bad blood between them – plus Whyte is WBC No 1 challenger to Wilder. Victory over Whyte could force Wilder into a WBC fight with Joshua if he delays, but the timing for a Joshua-Whyte stadium contest does not feel right at present.
Joshua made it clear after the Parker fight in the ring that Fury is on his hit list. But Fury has not fought since defeating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, and most likely needs a comeback fight first.