Indeed, in what was perhaps the most courageous couple of minutes in his two-decade professional career, Klitschko fought back dazzlingly, one big left hook setting up a counter-attack so ferocious that by the end of the round it was Joshua who was looking nearly out on his feet.
"We all saw [Joshua] had a life and death situation against Klitschko, but Klitschko couldn't land a glove on me", said Fury.
"I feel more than ever that I will KO Joshua within 8 rounds - but I also feel that after Klitschko dropped Joshua with one punch that Eddie Hearn will never let Joshua get in the ring with me", Ortiz told BoxingScene.com. A highly anticipated clash between Joshua and fellow Brit Tyson Fury is set at $11.
Making Joshua vs Fury even more unlikely is the fact that Klitschko is entitled to a second crack at AJ due to a clause in his contract.
Joshua was widely acclaimed for his stunning 11th-round stoppage of Wladimir Klitschko in a world heavyweight title bout at London's Wembley Stadium on Saturday. Tyson Fury (25-0) looms large in the heavyweight division, but the undefeated boxer is still suspended over doping violations.
The heavyweight rivals have been talking about a match-up since last week when they exchanged barbs on Twitter and Fury challenged Joshua after his victory at Wembley, saying he "can beat AJ with one arm tied behind my back".More news: Spurs will take title race down to the wire - Chelsea's Matic
"The fans want the Fury fight and I do, too".
Joshua's promoter ruled out a grudge fight this year, with the next assignment most likely to be a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko in October or November. "I've lost 18 pounds already, I can notice the difference, feeling fitter, everything is going good".
He has since climbed the ladder to be the unified World Heavyweight Boxing Champion under the British flag. "I don't just like to win, I like to win in a fashion because it adds stock to my value", he said.
Joshua's next move in the sport is not clear, with a number of men lining up for their shot against the undefeated 27-year-old.
"But I think the team around him, ie his wife, and they normally wear the pants, and his brother (Vitali), they will advise him differently", Joshua added.