5 opponents Anthony Joshua can revive his career against

As Anthony Joshua attempts to rebuild his career after THAT shock defeat to Andy Ruiz, we've looked at five potential next opponents for the former champ

Anthony Joshua vs Ruiz


Conor McGregor

Ok, so the last fight he won was against a fan outside a Miami hotel but the Notorious fella could be tempted to re-enter the boxing ring for this one. Never one to shy away from a challenge or a big pay cheque, McGregor has the testicular fortitude to rumble with a man six stones heavier. However, a defeat in this one and McGregor’s next contest of note will be a paternity suit in court.

Butch Coolidge

The tough Red Apple smoking southpaw boxer may be nearing the end of his career but Butch can still pack a punch. Just ask his last opponent, Floyd Wilson.

However, you could always guarantee a victory for Joshua by slipping Coolidge a nice fat envelope to throw the fight. And should AJ ever find himself at the mercy of a couple of sadistic hillbillies, he knows Butch has his back!

LOUISVILLE – JULY 30: Mr. “T” is interviewed as he attends Tyson Vs. Williams fight held at Freedom Hall July 30, 2004 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Brian Tietz/Getty Images)

Clubber Lang

Both ferocious punchers, both have had their brushes with the law and both of them have only one career defeat. Joshua V Lang would be the kind of fight that would have Frank Warren temporarily cancelling his Viagra prescription.

However, it remains to be seen how AJ would cope with Lang’s trash-talk and mind games during the build up to this one. If he approaches it like the Ruiz Jr fight, he might end up meeting Lang’s friend ‘PAIN’.

ATLANTA, GA – MAY 26: Victor ‘Punk’ Woodley plays against Eduardo ‘PR Balrog’ Perez during the ELEAGUE Street Fighter V Invitational Playoffs & Championship at Turner Studios on May 26, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)


Since the events in the aftermath of Street Fighter Alpha 3, the belligerent boxer Balrog has been forced to work security at the Excalibur Hotel in Las Vegas. It’s no secret the hot-tempered pugilist would come out of retirement for one final pay against Joshua. After the death of M. Bison, the disgraced former prize-fighter was left penniless and must now kick drunkards out of casinos to make ends meet.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 01: Andy Ruiz Jr knocks down Anthony Joshua in the third round during their IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight title fight at Madison Square Garden on June 01, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Drederick Tatum

He may be advancing in years but Springfield’s former Olympian and World Heavyweight Champion Drederick Tatum would be a worthy opponent for Joshua. Much like AJ, Tatum has battled back from a turbulent youth. Once imprisoned for pushing his mother down the stairs, Tatum admits he has regrets, and if he had an opportunity to go back in time, he’d ‘certainly reconsider it’.

Despite his violent past, Tatum has respect for his opponents. Before a bout with Homer Simpson, he said that Homer was ‘a good man’. Although also admitted he still planned to make orphans of his children.

PaddyPower.com’s boxing odds are a knockout

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