Anthony Joshua has discussed the potential of fighting Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker in 2019
Joshua beat Takam in the 10th round at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, retaining his WBA and IBF titles in the process.
Attention straight away turned to who will be the Brit’s next opponent in 2018.
Joseph Parker and Deontay Wilder are two names on the horizon for Joshua, with perhaps Tyson Fury further down the line.
Joshua admits he does not know if fights against both Parker and Wilder will happen next year, but says he is not prepared to give up his belts outside the ring.
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Carlos Takam suffered a horror eye injury during his fight with Anthony Joshua
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Carlos Takam suffered a gruesome eye injury during the fight
I think the only way I would give one up would be if someone was better than me on the night
“I couldn’t say (they are) all happening (in 2018), but the possibilities are close to happening,” Anthony Joshua told Sky Sports after arriving back in London.
“When I put myself in a line to become a champion, there becomes obligations with it.
“So if I have a voluntary, then I’m open to fight who my manager and promoter work with, and if not I kind of have to fulfil my mandatories.
“If I want to fight whoever I want to fight then I’ve got to give up the belts and then I can be a free man to do what I want.
“No no (I’m not willing to do that). I don’t think it makes sense, because everyone’s goal is to become champion.
“I think the only way I would give one up would be if someone was better than me on the night.
"That’s the only way these belts will leave me.”