Anthony Joshua ‘set to fight Daniel Dubois at Wembley in September’… after Deontay Wilder misses chance to set up long-awaited clash with British boxer

Anthony Joshua is expected to return to the ring in September and is now likely to face Daniel Dubois according to reports.

The British fighter has been fighting Deontay Wilder, 38, for some time, but after the American boxer suffered a second straight defeat at the hands of Zhilei Zhang on Friday night, it looks like Joshua will face a new opponent.

According to The Sun, Dubois, who knocked out Filip Hrgovic in a brutal heavyweight clash on Saturday night, has emerged as the Briton’s next challenger.

Wilder’s promoter Shelly Finkel said his fighter finally hoped to deal with Joshua in the ring and was «hopeful» an offer could be made for a potential bout if the American beats Zhang during the Queensberry and Matchroom 5v5 event. Saturday.

Saudi boxing boss Turki Alalshikh was rumored to be interested in setting up the fight, but it appears Wilder – who was beaten by Joseph Parker in December – may have missed his chance after Zhang knocked Wilder out in the fifth round of their bout. On Saturday.

Asked if he was sad to see the former WBC heavyweight champion suffer defeat, Joshua replied: «No.»

Questions are now rife over the bronze bomber’s future in the sport, despite vowing in an exclusive interview with Mail Sport that he wants to be a savage again.

Dubois, 26, meanwhile, defeated Hrgovic during the 5v5 tournament to extend his professional record to 26-2-0.

While he was outclassed by current undisputed champion Oleksandr Usyk in August of last year, the British fighter who hails from London has impressed in his last two bouts, notably defeating Jarrell Millar by TKO in December.

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The Sun also claim that ahead of a potential showdown with Joshua, Alalshikh will be in touch with London Mayor Sadiq Khan over plans to stage a big fight at Wembley.

The outlet claims the Saudi manager wants to break the previous stadium attendance record of 94,000, which was set when Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte met in the ring in 2022.

Dubois admitted he would like to face Joshua after Saturday’s fight, telling TNT Sports: “I’m hoping AJ is the next opponent, so come on. This is my era and this is my time.”

On his win against Hrgović, he added: «I have full respect for the guy, it was a learning experience to go through that,» he added. «I’m happy to have the belt and I’m going for the next one. I was a little cold at first, I had corner advice, Frank Warren and my dad.

“I had a few shots but it was just to wake me up. The first few shots stung, but they woke me up. I am so proud of myself. It’s all a learning experience. We’re back on top. It felt like a roller coaster.”

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