Anthony Joshua duly carried out his IBF obligations last December in London when he knocked out mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in nine one-sided rounds.
Now the next question is who will follow Pulev as next man up for the champion. The belt by the way will be up for grabs next when Joshua defends his IBF, WBA and WBO titles against Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25.
Joyce on the move
One man on the move in the latest IBF rankings is unbeaten British star Joe Joyce. He added another victory to his growing list of victims by stopping French warhorse Carlos Takam in London in late July. He moves up from #10 to #6 on the IBF list.
One of the top men in the list is Filip Hrgovic at #4 and the Croatian star will put his unbeaten record on the line on Friday September 10. He faces fellow unbeaten prospect Marko Radonjic (22-0 with 22 inside distance) in Klagenfurt, Austria.
On the same night, the #9 Tony Yoka (10-0) is also out against Croatian Petar Milas (15-0) on home soil in Paris.