Anthony Joshua: Potential Opponents For IBF World Title Fight

Anthony Joshua
Anthony Joshua at The O2 Arena, London, April 9. Joshua has announced he will defend his title on June 25. Richard Heathcote/Getty

The date has been set, venue selected, and the world heavyweight champion is primed, but who, it remains to be seen, will be the challenger to Anthony Joshua's IBF belt?

Joshua took to Twitter on Thursday to announce that his first defenSe of the title he won from Charles Martin two weeks ago will take place at the O2 Arena in London on June 25.

Here, Newsweek outlines three potential contenders who could take to the ring in two months' time.

First title defence date set.... #June25 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/uhTAXgnATf

— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) April 21, 2016

Deontay Wilder

With an unblemished record (36-0-0), the American would prove to be Joshua's most daunting opponent of his short career.

The power of the duo draw similarities. While Wilder's 36 wins include 35 knock-outs, Joshua has only fought 34 rounds in 16 bouts, going past the second round just once, with all ending in a KOs.

Experience, like so many of Joshua's opponents, is on the 30-year-old's side. Wilder took up the sport in 2005 to support his daughter, who was born with spina bifida, a defect of the spine. Joshua didn't pick up a pair of gloves until 2008, at the age of 18.

In the meantime, Wilder is focused on the defense of his WBC belt on May 21 against Russia's Alexander Povetkin.

Bermane Stiverne

Some 11 years older than Joshua, Stiverne is a contender who could help develop the 26-year-old in his career.

While he has two defeats on his 25-1-2 record, the experienced American fighter is the only man to take Wilder the distance when he lost his WBC title in January 2015.

At the age of 37, Stiverne is approaching the end of his career, so this could be a chance for him to leave a significant mark on the history of the sport.

Luis Ortiz

Another fighter closing in on the twilight years of his career, Ortiz is still a formidable contender with an unbeaten record of 25-0-0, including 22 knock-outs.

Known as 'King Kong,' the southpaw fighter, who originates from Cuba, isn't recognized in the IBF standings but is the current holder of the WBA title after winning the belt in December 2015.

The issue for Joshua and Eddie Hearn, his promoter, however, is that Ortiz may not be interested in fighting the young Englishman due to the potential to blot his immaculate record.