Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed that Anthony Joshua will fight in the USA before the end of the year. Joshua is set to put his IBF, WBA, and IBO heavyweight titles on the line against Joseph Parker at the end of the month, but with the British boxer a huge favourite to win the bout, the focus is already beginning to turn to AJ’s next opponent.
Anthony Joshua’s meteoric rise to prominence over the last couple of years has made for huge headlines all over the world, and no matter what your opinion of the Watford born heavyweight is, there’s no denying the fact – AJ is the man to beat. In the weeks building up towards Joshua’s clash with Joseph Parker at the Principality Stadium on March 31st, a number of established fighters have put forward their desire to challenge AJ in the near future, with Tyson Fury and Tony Bellew both interested in going toe-to-toe with Joshua in 2018. Another all-British clash would prove a mouthwatering prospect; however, many boxing fans are keen to see Joshua face-off on the other side of the pond, with Americans Deontay Wilder and Jarrell Miller viable options.
Earlier this week, Eddie Hearn suggested that an Anglo/American clash is likely to happen over the next 12 months.
“As a heavyweight world champion and a major star in world boxing, [Joshua] should box over here [USA] at some stage,” said Hearn.
“There’s always been that myth really that in boxing you have to crack America, but I don’t see why.
“Look at what we are doing in the UK, look at the spectacles we are creating, [Joshua] is very happy boxing in the UK.
“I just think it’s a natural progression to fight in other countries and he wants to break down boundaries as well and part of that should be boxing in America, Africa, the Middle and Far East, but right now he is very comfortable doing what he’s doing.
“I am not sure if the US is imminent but I would expect him to box in America in the next 12 months.”
WBC champions Deontay Wilder is expected to be ringside for Joshua’s upcoming clash with Joseph Parker in Cardiff.