Anthony Joshua’s immediate career plans were shattered by an inspired Oleksandr Usyk in front of 65,000 fans at the weekend – and the quick rematch isn’t his only option going forward.
Although the 2012 Olympic gold-medallist has been defeated by Andy Ruiz Jr in the past, it will be bittersweet to see how his Ukrainian foe won.
Joshua lost to the former undisputed champion cruiserweight in their North London encounter. Usyk was the victor if he decides to invoke his rematch clause, forcing a second bout.
Daily Star Sport have now taken a look at three options Joshua could ponder over with Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn, including facing off against a former foe.
Oleksandr Usyk rematch
The most likely option for Joshua is an instant rematch with Usyk.
He may lose all four of his belts and the 31-year-old could not win them back.
Hearn will likely oversee the next few weeks in order to organize the second fight. Joshua might even be participating in his first trilogy if he wins.
Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury
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Another option for Joshua is to wait and see the outcome of Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury in November, and could well fight the loser with the winner probably keen to unify the belts against Usyk.
Joshua could have a chance of winning again and fight the opponent who holds all five major belts. This would also give him an opportunity to boost his confidence.
It would still be risky, as there is no guarantee Fury will beat Wilder. A win for Wilder could lead to a fourth fight between them.
As unlikely as it is, Joshua already has one of the best legacies in British heavyweight boxing, having defended his IBF belt on eight occasions and holding four belts twice.
His 2012 Olympic gold medal was preceded by his 24 wins in 26 professional bouts. This is a better ratio than most boxers can dream of.
Joshua wants to think and go again, if his post-fight press conference was anything to go by. His 32 year old age gives him ample time to return to the top.