The British heavyweight sensation, Anthony Joshua, will ‘certainly’ be fighting in the UK at the end of this year and he will make his US debut in 2017 according to promoter Eddie Hearn.
Joshua dealt with, the tough but overmatched, Dominic Breazeale on Saturday night inside 7 rounds at the o2 Arena which sparked speculation over his next fight and when he will make his US debut.
Eddie Hearn said “At 26, Joshua already has fought 17 times in just 30 months as a pro, claiming British, Commonwealth and world titles along the way, plus making the first defence against Dominic Breazeale last Saturday night.
The fight in America could happen in 2017. The next one I believe will be in London, well certainly in the UK,” Hearn told Sky Sports News HQ. “But he continues to mesmerise me in terms of the size and reach of the diversity of audience he’s attracting. It’s great to see where he’s taking the sport of boxing. It was another huge night.
“Everybody wants a piece of Anthony Joshua and everybody wants to fight him because at the moment he’s the most lucrative fighter in the division.
“We’ve had approaches from Africa, the United Arab Emirates and China for him to go and fight out there, but he’s 26 years old and we know what the fans want.
“They want Wilder, Fury, Klitschko and even Haye, so we have to produce those fights and guide him in the right way. He has to be in tough fights to expand his brand in the far east and in America.”
Joshua will now have ‘three or four weeks off’ to recharge his batteries before he sets his sights on another KO victory but who against? Personally I’d like to see him fight Haye as it would capture the imagination of the British public but then again, Haye and Briggs will be fighting each other near the end of the year. Klitschko and Fury are both contracted to fight each other next so I doubt either fighter will go against their agreement so the remaining champion for Joshua to fight at the end of this year in the UK is the WBC champ, Deontay Wilder but I can’t see him leaving the US unless huge amounts of money are thrown his way. Should Eddie dig deep now or wait for that fight to build in the US?
I think it’s more than likely that we will see Joshua in next in the ring at the o2 arena in London against New Zealand’s Joseph Parker. The follow Olympian is Joshua’s mandatory challenger and they must negotiate a deal and fight before January 9th 2017. However, they can fight before then if both parties agree to it which would be ideal for AJ to avoid a long lay off.