Bookies still favour Joshua to beat Haye and Fury
British heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua remains a slight favourite to overcome compatriots David Haye and Tyson Fury following on from his victory over Dillian Whyte on Saturday night.
The 26 year-old showed some vulnerability in eventually taking out Whyte in seven rounds at the O2 Arena, but is backed by UK bookmakers to beat both Haye and Fury should either bout take place before the end of 2016.
According to Sky Bet, Joshua is 8/11 to defeat Fury, whilst Paddy Power have it a little closer at 4/5 with even money on the Klitschko-conqueror. In a match-up with Haye, ‘AJ’ is 2/5 with Sky Bet, who already see Joshua as the best top division operator on UK soil.
Joshua is scheduled to return to action on April 9 following his career-best win over former amateur rival Whyte, whilst Dereck Chisora is being lined up as potential opponent after two quick victories in succession.
Five-loss Chisora, who now fights under Sauerland, is an early price of 15/2 to inflict a first career loss on Joshua as Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn seemingly moves away from any potential immediate rematch with Whyte.
Granted there aren’t many alternatives to Chisora out there for Joshua, who needs to gather momentum once again after suffering the first dent in his aura of invincibility when caught by Whyte in the second round of their eventful encounter.
The likes of Tony Thompson, Carlos Takam, Mike Perez, Johann Duhaupas and Manuel Charr could be decent alternatives for Joshua, whilst a British title defence against undefeated Hughie Fury would have a massive domestic selling point.