According to reports, Australian heavyweight Demsey McKean is a frontrunner to collide with former two-time world champion Anthony Joshua.

McKean has confirmed that he's under consideration to face Joshua, who is slated to return to the ring in April.

Joshua will attempt to recover after suffering back to back decision losses to unified world champion Oleksandr Usyk.

McKean will be a tremendous underdog, but he feels confident in his ability to topple Joshua.

If the British star loses his next bout, it could very well spell the end of his career - certainly as a top player at the weight.

"We are one of the frontrunners for a possible opponent for Anthony Joshua. I could be (the man to retire Joshua) and I am very confident I can do that. But don't get me wrong, there is still more fights for AJ. If he loses to me, a top-10 heavyweight as well, that shouldn't be the end. People probably don't give him the credit he deserves, what he has done for the heavyweight game. He has brought a lot of eyes and money into the heavyweight division," McKean told Sky Sports.

"He is probably the biggest name in boxing, everyone is after him, including me. It is the name to have on your resume. There are still fights to be made and people are still going to pay to watch those fights. But three losses in a row, does he need to keep doing this, he is well set up now? He probably still has his doubts, he still doubts himself a lot, I know that. But who wouldn't when they are at the top, in the limelight and cop a lot of criticism. There are a lot of factors but I have the skills to do that (retire him) for sure."

McKean's promoter, Angelo Di Carlo, says they are ready to face Joshua on UK soil - or even Australia.

"We are in discussion with our promotional partner Eddie Hearn regarding Demsey's next fight. We have made it clear that we are ready for the big fights and are more than willing to take on AJ in Australia or England," Di Carlo said.

"Demsey is now No 10 in the WBO and No 11 in the IBF. So whether it's AJ or another, he is well positioned for a big fight in 2023."