As the dust settles on what proved to be a brawl for the ages at Wembley on Saturday night, attention is swiftly turning to what Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko will do next.
Joshua came away with the victory over Klitschko via 11th round TKO, but in truth, the fans watching were the real winners. The two warriors in the ring put on a heavyweight bout that will go down in history as one the most exciting ever.
Now, with AJ extending his 100% winning record to 19-0, 19 KO, the 2012 Olympic gold medallist has no qualms about doing it all over again with his Ukrainian counterpart. A clause in the fight contract stated that the loser could request a rematch. It remains to be seen whether 41-year-old Wlad (64-5) will trigger that clause. He has stated he will take his time in calculating his next move.
After the fight, Joshua cited the thrilling nature of the pair’s scrap, saying of the potential rematch:
“A rematch will be good, because of the type of fight we had.
“I think he will want to fight again, because a fighter is the last one to know when to stop. But I think the team around him, his (soon to be) wife, because they normally wear the trousers, and his brother might advise him differently.”
AJ, now IBF, WBA and IBO heavyweight champion of the world, was quick to point out that if Klitschko is up for fighting again, there would be no hesitation on his side:
“I have the ultimate respect for him inside and outside of the ring. I wouldn’t mind fighting him again if he wants the rematch. It’s up to him… So if he’d like to fight again, no problem.”
One thing for sure is, if the two heavyweight giants were to agree on a rematch, the whole world would be tuning in.