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Tony Bellew Suggests Ideal Opponent for Anthony Joshua in December


Former WBC cruiserweight world champion, Tony Bellew, shares his recommendation for Anthony Joshua’s December fight as he gears up for a potential clash with Deontay Wilder in 2024.

After months of speculation surrounding a showdown with Deontay Wilder in the latter half of 2023, Anthony Joshua and his promoter, Eddie Hearn, have acknowledged the challenges in making that fight a reality. In an interview with Ade Oladipo, Bellew encourages Joshua to consider a formidable alternative opponent following his victories over Jermaine Franklin and Robert Helenius earlier this year.

Bellew suggests elevating the competition by looking at a gatekeeper, mentioning Michael Hunter, who previously defeated Martin Bakole. Although Hunter’s cruiserweight background may raise eyebrows, he is undeniably a tough contender. Moreover, he recently served as one of Joshua’s sparring partners. Michael Hunter’s most recent victory was a second-round knockout of Mexican journeyman Miguel Cubos (14-24-1) in September. Nevertheless, his win over Martin Bakole demonstrates his prowess, solidifying Bakole’s status as a top-ten heavyweight fighter.

While Wilder has expressed his desire to face Joshua, fans are eagerly anticipating a potential showdown between the two heavyweights. Wilder himself has taken to social media, emphasizing the significance of this matchup, and the anticipation is building for it to finally come to fruition in the coming year.

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