If 2017 has been massive for Anthony Joshua, 2018 will be even bigger.
The British champion, who added the WBA (Super) and IBO heavyweight belts to his IBF title when he defeated Wladimir Klitschko in March, is expected to have at least two huge fights next year.
Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury have both been mentioned as potential opponents for the 28-year-old, while Eddie Hearn has revealed interest from Joseph Parker’s camp, too.
Not only would Joshua versus Fury appeal to a British audience but it would have the hallmarks of being a legendary contest. Fury, making a comeback after a lengthy exodus from the ring, against Joshua in a battle of the unbeaten heavyweights - it doesn’t get much better.
But right now, a contest against Wilder seems more likely for AJ following the American’s stunning win over Bermane Stiverne night.
Wilder, the WBC champion, wasted no time calling Joshua out after his victory.
"I've been waiting on the fight for a long time, listen 'AJ', I declare war on you. Do you accept my challenge?,” Wilder said.
"I've been waiting for a long time. I know I'm the champion, I know I'm the best, are you up for the test?
"They are trying to give me a peasant in [Dillian] Whyte but I want the king Joshua.”
How can Joshua ignore that?