After his recent seventh round knockout victory over American Dominic Breazeale on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, Anthony Joshua is already eyeing his next fight, with a high profile bout across the pond seemingly a more than viable option for the Watford fighter.
WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder was quick to call out Joshua following the former Olympic gold medallist’s victory, with the American keen to take on the IBF Champion on his home turf.
However, despite his determination to arrange such a fight with Joshua, the Londoner has told Wilder to instead focus upon his own upcoming bout with compatriot Chris Arreola. Wilder is the overwhelming favourite for the fight, with boxing odds of 1/33 with bookmakers Coral, and a victory could well pave the way for a potential match up with Joshua in the future.
“I will definitely be out there making my US debut soon, whether it’s against Wilder or not, I just want to get out there, make my name known because it’s a golden time for boxing again. Let’s start building, hit the big stage.” said Joshua.
“Everyone is asking me when I’m going to America, I’m not too sure they’d be thrilled if I told them we were going to Alabama, not that there’s anything wrong with Alabama!
“But it’s not Las Vegas and if we can get something like that, then I would jump at the option.
“But I realised during the Breazeale fight that everyone’s opinions are irrelevant, telling me who to fight.
“As the fight went on, I realised I could go out there and try and knock out Breazeale, but I’ve got to do what’s right by me. When I take that out of the fight and into my career path, I want to do it by my own accord, and no one else’s influence.
Joshua has a number of options for his next event, however for the title fight to take place in America, promoter Eddie Hearn would have to overlook mandatory challenger Joseph Parker. As a result, fans of Joshua may well be made to wait until November or December to see their man in action again, with Hearn stating that his prized asset will take a long overdue rest after recent excursions.
A potential all British heavyweight clash between Joshua and Tyson Fury looks likely to be pushed back until next year now, after the unified WBA, IBO and WBO Champion pulled out of his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko due to injury. Joshua is the 8/11 favourite for the potential fight with Coral, with Fury at 11/10 in the boxing odds despite his recent victory.
Fury has hit the headlines again this week, this time in quashing rumours of a failed drugs test. Reports emerged over the weekend that Fury, along with cousin Hughie, tested positive for the banned substance nandrolone, however both men deny any wrongdoing. Fury is due to defend his title against Klitschko in October now, and will be investigated by UK anti-doping officials.
Meanwhile, David Haye who was ringside in London over the weekend, delivered his opinion of Joshua’s performance and a potential meeting between the pair down the line. Haye recently returned from a three year break from boxing, and despite being the 15/8 outsider for a potential fight with Joshua, believes he has the qualities to beat his younger opponent.
“There are so many wolves in the pack right now who want to come for what we’ve built, but no problem. I’ve got a good team. We will sit down and discuss our options for the short term – hopefully fight in November or even sooner so we can fit in another two fights and then a longer term strategy.” added Joshua.