Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya has tabbed IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua as the best fighter in the weight class.
Earlier this month, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and challenger Tyson Fury fought to controversial twelve round split draw at Staples Center in Los Angeles. They are now expected to face each other in a rematch in the first half of 2019.
Joshua is scheduled to return on April 13th at Wembley Stadium in London. The most likely opponent is the winner of the upcoming rematch between Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora, which takes place on December 22.
De La Hoya was very impressed by what he saw in the Wilder vs. Fury showdown, but still feels Joshua is the man to beat.
"I think Joshua is the best in the heavyweight division. After watching Wilder and Fury, I have mad respect for them," De La Hoya told First Take.
"These guys were throwing bombs, I mean come on, Fury goes down, the referee is counting him out and all of a sudden you see this Undertaker get up. The gatekeeper there in that division is Anthony Joshua."
Joshua would like to face Wilder or Fury in his next fight - but it's very unlikely that either contest is going to happen in April. There is too much money at stake in the Wilder-Fury rematch and the demand for that fight is sky high after a sensational fight in the first outing.
The bulk of Wilder's career was promoted under Golden Boy's banner. His final bout with De La Hoya took place in January of 2015, when Wilder captured his world title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Bermane Stiverne. After that bout, Wilder broke away to join Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions.