Two-time unified heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua has been called out by a fresh opponent amid the ongoing break from professional boxing.

Anthony Joshua faces fresh challenge for WBO belt

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Two-time unified heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua has been called out by a fresh opponent amid the ongoing break from professional boxing.

The Brit has already been forced to delay preparations for his scheduled title defence against Kubrat Pulev, all but ending hopes of a potential bout against Tyson Fury later this year.

The 30-year-old could unify the division should he beat Pulev and Fury come through against Deontay Wilder, making his recent call out fairly speculative.

Undefeated Frank Sanchez is said to be eyeing a chance to take Joshua’s crown having beaten Joey Dawejko on points last month to move into the top ten of the WBO rankings.

Mike Barao told Sky Sports, “Just a guess but I think (Oleksandr) Usyk ends up winning a vacated WBO heavyweight title within the next 12 months.

“I believe Frank Sanchez versus WBO number 6 Junior Fa or number seven Michael Hunter would make sense.”

A talented amateur, Sanchez won five Cuban national titles and participated in the competitive World Series Boxing.

His previous three fights have all been 10-round title contests, firstly claiming the vacant WBO NABO title in August 2019 with a fourth-round stoppage victory, then a shutout points decision less than two months later for the same title, culminating in another landslide points decision in March this year for the vacant WBC Continental crown.

Rival contender Junior Fa has been named as a possible next opponent for fellow New Zealander, Joseph Parker, who is sitting at No.2 in the WBO rankings, but American Michael Hunter is yet to return to the ring after battling to a draw with Alexander Povetkin in December.

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Anthony Joshua was ordered to make title defences against Kubrat Pulev and Usyk, his IBF and WBO mandatory challengers, but opted to face the Bulgarian first, while the Ukrainian agreed to wait his turn and battle Derek Chisora instead, with both fights set to be rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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