Two-time heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua is expected to return to the ring in April looking for his first win in more than two years.
The 33-year-old was beaten in back-to-back fights by Oleksandr Usyk between September 2021 and August 2022, meaning his last victory was against Kubrat Pulev at the tail end of 2020.
It’s set to be a huge year for ‘AJ’ as he looks to get his career back on track and Australian heavyweight Demsey McKean could be the first man the former Olympian has to contend with.
Unbeaten southpaw McKean, who is currently 22-0 with 14 wins inside the distance, revealed to Sky Sports that he is one of the favourites to face Joshua.
"We are one of the frontrunners for a possible opponent for Anthony Joshua.
"I could be [the man to retire Joshua] and I am very confident I can do that. But don't get me wrong, there is still more fights for AJ. If he loses to me, a top-10 heavyweight as well, that shouldn't be the end.
"People probably don't give him the credit he deserves, what he has done for the heavyweight game. He has brought a lot of eyes and money into the heavyweight division.
"He is probably the biggest name in boxing, everyone is after him, including me. It is the name to have on your resume. There are still fights to be made and people are still going to pay to watch those fights. But three losses in a row, does he need to keep doing this, he is well set up now?
"He probably still has his doubts, he still doubts himself a lot, I know that. But who wouldn't when they are at the top, in the limelight and cop a lot of criticism. There are a lot of factors but I have the skills to do that [retire him] for sure."
McKean’s promoter, Angelo Di Carlo, also confirmed to Sky Sports that talks between camps have taken place, saying: "We are in discussion with our promotional partner Eddie Hearn regarding Demsey's next fight.
"We have made it clear that we are ready for the big fights and are more than willing to take on AJ in Australia or England.
"Demsey is now No 10 in the WBO and No 11 in the IBF. So whether it's AJ or another, he is well positioned for a big fight in 2023."
This week it was revealed by Hearn that Joshua had decided on a new trainer, although a name is yet to be revealed.
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