Date: 3rd August 2017 at 12:43pm
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With the retirement of Wladimir Klitschko bringing an abrupt halt to any chances of a re-match, Anthony Joshua will now be looking elsewhere for his next fight.

Any thoughts of headlining in Las Vegas as he gets set to defend his heavyweight belts look set to be placed on temporary hold.

The etiquette of Boxing suggests that Anthony Joshua will now be defending his IBF crown against the dangerous Bulgarian fighter, Kubrat Pulev.

Pulev has a record that reads 25 wins and just the 1 defeat, which came against one Wladimir Klitschko back in 2014.

Although Pulev is the mandatory challenger for Joshua?s IBF crown, the fight, we?re afraid to say, doesn?t have the same charisma as Joshua v Klitschko II, a fight that would have had Las Vegas buzzing.

The IBF, in allowing the re-match to go ahead, without stripping Joshua of his IBF crown, will now be pushing for Joshua to face Pulev before the 2nd December deadline, otherwise Joshua will be stripped of the belt he won by beating Charles Martin.

However, if Joshua and his team now feel now is the time to introduce the US market to his talents, they may be prepared to lose the IBF belt to land a big fight in Las Vegas, could a date with Deontay Wilder be looming large?