Joshua Is In No Rush To Fight In U.S
One of the biggest names in boxing, the IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua admits that he’s in “no rush” to fight in the United States.
The undefeated Joshua returns to the ring next Saturday night against late replacement Carlos Takam, at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Whales.
Joshua’s original opponent, Kubrat Pulev suffered a shoulder injury and was forced to withdraw from the contest. Takam is now being viewed as the mandatory obligation, but it’s not clear when or if Joshua will be obligated to fight Pulev in the future.
Outside of a re-scheduled fight with Pulev, the fight many in the boxing community want to see is Joshua facing the only other man with a heavyweight crown, Deontay Wilder.
Wilder will be defending his WBC heavyweight title against Bermane Stiverne, who also is a replacement opponent for Luis Ortiz who failed a drug test.
Joshua sold 70,000 tickets for the contest with Pulev/Takam, and sold a record breaking 90,000 for his April stoppage of Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley in London.
He is an undeniable draw in the United States, but his star does not burn as bright in the United States, and in an interview with BBC Radio 5, Joshua feels there are many options on the table.
“Everyone talks about going to the States… I’ve heard news about going to the Middle East, I’ve heard news about opportunities in Africa.
“From my amateur gym and people I grew up with, I give out a lot of tickets and I help a lot of people in different ways to get to the shows. I think it’s great that all these little kids and their parents can come to watch a heavyweight title clash – that’s why I’m not in a rush to go to the States.
“If the opportunity presents itself, so be it. But the reason I’m not in a rush is that people have supported me for so long here, let them enjoy it now. Going to America is a whole different ball game to a lot of people.”