Last Saturday night, heavyweight boxing was resurrected in the eyes of casual boxing fans all over the world, as Anthony Joshua stopped Wladimir Klitschko in an epic contest.
The Watford native hit the canvas in the sixth round having downed his opponent in the previous round, but he bounced back to maintain his unblemished record.
Of course, focus now turns to potential opponents for the 2012 Olympic champion.
AJ immediately called out Tyson Fury after the fight, but a rematch with Klitschko or a showdown with Deontay Wilder are also possibilities.
However, the IBF title which Joshua retained with his victory on Saturday has a mandatory challenger in the form of Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev.
CONFIRMED: winner of #JoshuaKlitschko must face IBF Mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in the next fight (no fights in between permitted)???
— Kalle+NisseSauerland (@SauerlandBros) December 22, 2016
However, Joshua may forego the bout, relinquishing the belt in the process, in favour of a more lucrative fight.
Speaking to the Sun, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn discussed the conundrum.
“We don’t want to drop the IBF belt but if we have to we’ll have no problem doing exactly that.
“We won’t let boxing politics get in the way of AJ’s progression. Ideally, we want all the belts but when you get close, it becomes difficult because of situations like this.
“We could look to do a deal with Pulev and try to make an interim bout for the belt — with the winner of that to face AJ.”