Joshua Feels No Pressure To Fight In The States
Until the time is right, Anthony Joshua won’t be making any attempts to defend the IBF, WBA, IBO heavyweight world titles in the United States.
The British superstar has yet to fight as a professional outside of the United Kingdom, and has not found a reason to do so.
Over 160,000 fans in the United Kingdom saw Joshua fight in 2017. First with 90,000 fans witnessing his TKO win over Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium in London, and the 78,000 packed the house for his fight with Carlos Takam at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.
Joshua returns to Cardiff for a unification fight with WBO world champion Joseph Parker on March 31st, back at Principality.
After that, a potential mandatory defense against the WBA’s top rated challenger, Alexander Povetkin of Russia.
And then Joshua would like a unification with WBC champion Deontay Wilder at the end of the year.
While Joshua may fight in Russia or the United Arab Emirates, the top British boxer does not want to fight in America for the sake of saying he did, and he’s not very motivated to fight in a venue that might sell 15 or 20,000 tickets.
“Because it’s all about where the market is and it’s so strong here, it’s brilliant here, so why would we leave it? I wouldn’t mind going to the States if people were to say, ‘Look, Josh, this will cement your legacy, this is a great opportunity to go to America’, I’ll definitely think about it,” Joshua told Nick Parkinson.
“But where no one has said it, and it’d be like, ‘Let’s just go to Vegas because everyone else has done it’, I don’t want to do it for that. What we did with [Wladimir] Klitschko at Wembley was phenomenal. I still train at Finchley ABC so a lot of my support is home-based. I always say it gives people an opportunity from my local area to travel half an hour to Wembley for one of the biggest fights in boxing history.”
“That’s why I don’t want to travel to America, not just for the sake of it, because it limits a lot of people from being able to come and watch me.”