March 22, 2018

Joshua Expected to Fight in USA Next Year

10 March 2018, 02:33 | Dale Webster

Eddie Hearn has reopened talks for Anthony Joshua to face heavyweight rival Deontay Wilder

Eddie Hearn has reopened talks for Anthony Joshua to face heavyweight rival Deontay Wilder

"AJ doesn't want to spar someone who is not on a world level, AJ wants someone who is competitive", Eddie Hearn, Joshua's promoter, revealed.

There will be no love in the air come March 31 - it may be spring in the northern hemisphere, but in the world of boxing, strap season is in full swing. In terms of this, it's new and I think, as I said, I respect the family side because I'm a family man, I respect that all day.

Eddie Hearn expects IBF and WBA heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua to fight in the United States within the next year.

But - as Fury nears his ring return - he has been linked with a move to Hearn's exciting stable of fighters that are given primetime shows on Sky Sports. I think he's talking to other promoters right now.

Anthony Joshua went head to head with Joseph Parker in 'The Gloves Are Off' and you watch it now On Demand.

"No more excuses, no more waiting, no more dodging's time".

Joshua and Wilder could fight on the same card before their lucrative clash in December
Joshua and Wilder could fight on the same card before their lucrative clash in December

It is hosted by former British cruiserweight Johnny Nelson, now a broadcaster, who asks Joshua what it feels to be sitting in front of Parker: "This is different", Joshua says.

The half-hour interview is sure to add to what is already a significant amount of hype around what is the first meeting of two undefeated heavyweight champions since 1987.

"We would fight Tyson Fury if we can't get Joshua".

Parker is now in camp with trainer Kevin Barry at their Las Vegas base, with the pair scheduled to arrive in London two weeks before the fight to be staged in front of a capacity crowd of 80,000 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

Hearn said Joshua will be heading to America for a fight in the next 12 months.

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