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Anthony Joshua next fight: World champion may face shock ‘wildcard’ opponent, not Deontay Wilder or Dillian Whyte, according to promoter Eddie Hearn

Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has given a cryptic interview in which he suggested that the world heavyweight champion could face an unexpected foe in his next bout.

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AJ has been strongly linked with a fight against either Deontay Wilder or Dillian Whyte when he returns on April 13 at Wembley, however Hearn has now teased a potential alternative.

It seemed as though Anthony Joshua’s next fight on April 13 at Wembley would inevitably come against Deontay Wilder or Dillian Whyte

“Lots going on,” the promoter stated to IFLTV about Joshua’s next outing, “I’m not going to tell you. You’ll find out in due course.”

Regarding whether a potential shock was in the works, Eddie Hearn replied: “Yes… It depends who you think.”

When asked directly if Anthony Joshua’s April opponent would definitely be either Deontay Wilder or Dillian Whyte, he grinned and responded: “Might be one of them, might be a wildcard. Might be, might not be, might be one of the two you just said.”

Some believe Wladimir Klitschko may come out of retirement to rematch AJ, or his brother Vitali may attempt to avenge the loss

Hearn’s cryptic answers provoked a heap of speculation, as this sudden change in events appears to have come out of the Blue.

Deontay Wilder’s team have repeatedly stated that they will not enter negotiations with the Brits until Wilder’s next bout against Tyson Fury on December 1 is done and dusted.

Meanwhile, Dillian Whyte is now scheduled to rematch Dereck Chisora on December 22.

Oleksandr Usyk has been eyeing a move up to heavyweight, though is very unlikely to jump straight in against Anthony Joshua on April 13

This has prompted fight fans to throw a multitude of potential names around including Oleksandr Usyk, Wladimir Klitschko, Vitali Klitschko, Andre Ward, Jarrell Miller and even Zhilei Zhang as ‘wildcard’ possibilities for April 13.

Usyk appears unlikely as he is the undisputed champion and yet to fight at heavyweight. Meanwhile both Klitschkos are retired and showing no signs of a return.

Andre Ward is also currently retired, but has hinted he could be tempted by AJ in the past.

Miller and Zhang are unbeaten contenders who could provide Joshua with unique opportunities overseas, in America and China respectively, however these two would only make sense if the Brit’s next bout wasn’t already booked for Wembley Stadium.

You can watch Eddie Hearn’s full comments on Anthony Joshua’s next fight from 20:00 in the video below.

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