Anthony Joshua knows exactly what it takes to make it all the way from being a highly touted prospect to unified heavyweight world champion.
The Brit won Olympic gold at London 2012 and, despite all the hype and pressure, won the IBF belt in 2016, WBA belt in 2017 and WBO belt in 2018.
It may have all come crashing down with defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr last time out, but AJ is still in a great position to predict who will soon follow in his footsteps.
When asked who of the current crop will become champions, Joshua told the Pound For Pound Podcast: “In the next five years? In the heavyweight division? Joe Joyce and Tony Yoka.
“Because they’re Olympians, gold and silver medallists.”
Tony Yoka beat Joe Joyce in the final of the 2016 Rio Olympics and both men have since turned pro.
Yoka is 6-0 (5 KOs) at 27 years old and is now having to regain momentum after a one-year ban for missed drugs tests.
Joyce is 10-0 (9 KOs) and at 33 has been moved faster than most in the early stages of their careers.
Time will tell whether Joshua’s prophecy regarding the pair will come true, with plenty of other promising heavyweights such as Daniel Dubois, Filip Hrgovic and Efe Ajagba also waiting in the wings.