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Boxing will live on after me but I need thrill and fans do, says Anthony Joshua

• Carlos Takam dispatched by Briton who lacks credible opponents
• Heavyweight does not want to be deemed as going through the motions

Anthony Joshua, who may one day rank alongside Lennox Lewis as Britain’s greatest heavyweight, admits he “needs a thrill” to inspire him on a journey that could have a decade and a dozen fights yet to run. His dilemma, however, will be finding opponents credible enough to accompany him.

The reality is the unbeaten 28-year-old WBA, IBF and IBO champion is operating in a market place of limited resources at the highest level. Boxing logic and business sense suggest the next defence of his belts will be against the unbeaten but dull WBO champion, Joseph Parker, in the spring, leading on to a high-summer unification fight that the division and the sport need most, against the American Deontay Wilder, who holds the WBC title. Beyond that, there is not a lot of excitement – apart from the possibility that semi-retired Tyson Fury will one day rediscover his love for boxing.

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