Anthony Joshua next fight update as he shelves December plans for ring return

Anthony Joshua will not return to the ring this year. The former WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion has opted to take a longer break from the sport.

Joshua, 33, was expected to fight on December 17 despite the collapse of a proposed date with Tyson Fury earlier in the month.
But now it is understood that ‘AJ’ will take the rest of 2022 off. Joshua is regrouping after back-to-back defeats by Oleksandr Usyk.

He will continue to train at Finchley and District Amateur Boxing club where he started as a fighter. But plans for a fight this year have now been shelved. Joshua will use the time to recover but also consider his training team again.

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Robert Garcia was brought in for his second fight with Usyk but the American coach was unable to devise a gameplan to beat the Ukrainian. Garcia would be keen to work with Joshua again but wants him to relocate to the US for training camps.

That is not something Joshua is currently keen on. Garcia was also against taking a fight with Fury this year. He wants Joshua to return with two wins before seeking out the best in the division again.

Joshua could opt to bring in another new face or stick with Angel Fernandez, who has worked under Rob McCracken and Garcia in previous training camps.

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The Brit has been called out by American heavyweight Chris Arreola who tried tempting the Watford warrior into battle.

The 41-year-old nicknamed 'The Nightmare' has suffered back-to-back defeats against Andy Ruiz Jr and Adam Kownacki both by unanimous decision. Joshua is also hoping to bounce back from two losses to Oleksandr Usyk and is yet to announce who he will face on a return to the ring.

Per ESNews, Arreola said: "That’s [Joshua fight] one of the things that’s been in the works. Let's make it happen. I’ll take that fight – I love it! Joshua, don’t be a b****! Let’s make this happen bro. I’m a fighter, I love fighting, so let’s f****** fight. Let’s make it happen. Here, there, wherever you want to make it."


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