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AJ Ready For Wilder Or Fury

Barry Hearn says world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is prepared to fight either Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury when he next steps into the ring in April 2019, with Dillian Whyte another possible opponent.

Hearn was speaking after Joshua retained his IBF, WBO and WBA belts with a seventh-round stoppage against Alexander Povetkin on Saturday night.

WBC champion Wilder takes on Fury on December 1st, with the bout expected to take place in the United States. Joshua’s preferred opponent would be Wilder, although he would accept a fight with Fury even though Hearn cast doubt on the Mancunian’s ability to be ready to take on AJ in April.

The bookmakers have priced up both potential fights, with Paddy Power making Joshua a best price of 1/2* to defeat Wilder. William Hill, meanwhile, rate Joshua an 8/13* chance to beat Fury should the two men meet next spring.

Of the trio of mooted opponents, only White has previously fought Joshua, losing in the seventh round in December 2015.

*All odds quoted are subject to change