Fans believe Anthony Joshua was showing his 2022 ambitions in New Year message

Boxing fans believe that Anthony Joshua was showing off his ambitions 2022 with a hand gesture in his New Year post on Instagram.

Joshua lost his four heavyweight world title belts back in September when he suffered the second defeat of his professional career, losing via unanimous decision to Oleksandr Usyk.

A rematch is expected to take place in 2022, with April the most likely month for the bout, as AJ looks to reclaim the belts once again.

He previously reclaimed his world titles in 2019 when he avenged his defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr just months after their first meeting.

Fans now believe they have spotted Joshua hinting he wants to become a three-time world champion this year following his new year's Instagram post.

The 32-year-old posted a picture of him on a bridge in Dubai captioned "2022" along with a bang emoji, but it was his hand gestures that caught the fans' eyes.

Joshua appeared to be holding up three fingers on his left hand, which fans have deduced means he hopes to become a three-time world champion in 2022.

One fan commented on the post saying: “That’s right, 3x.”

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Meanwhile, another AJ supporter added: “Three time.”

The post has racked up over 500,000 likes since being uploaded on Friday night as Joshua entered 2022 in the United Arab Emirates.

In order for Joshua to become a three-time world champion, though, he must reclaim his belts from Usyk, who holds them after his dominant display back in September.

Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn has discussed a possible rematch in recent weeks and told IFL TV that: "Obviously not much other than we got to get together and decide a date. April is realistic for that fight and where it’s going to be.

"AJ is the type that fights twice a year, and sometimes we feel like it would be nice to fight three times a year. We’ve had offers from around the world, but I think the UK will stage that fight."

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