Anthony Joshua Admits He's in "No Rush" To Fight in United States

IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua admits that he's in "no rush" to fight in the United States.

Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs) returned next Saturday night against late replacement Carlos Takam at Cardiff's Principality Stadium.

Takam was subbed in on Monday, after original opponent Kubrat Pulev of Bulgaria 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.


Beyond Takam, the biggest fight out there for Joshua is in the United States - against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder - who defends his title on November 4 against Bermane Stiverne.

But Joshua sold 70,000 tickets for the contest with Takam, and sold a record breaking 90,000 for his April stoppage of Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley in London.

He won't be the same top draw on American spoil and there is too much money to be made in the UK, where Joshua sells out arenas against opponents who huge underdogs.

"Everyone talks about going to the States," Joshua told BBC Radio 5 live's Mike Costello. "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."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MrRolltide91 on 10-21-2017

[QUOTE=Ray*;18151407]Pretty much this ^, am not following Joshua blindly. I still pick Wilder to beat him, I mean if it was the other way round why would Wilder need to come here? If Wilder was the one bringing bigger money…

Comment by Ray* on 10-21-2017

[QUOTE=MrRolltide91;18150525]Yea that's the thing Tyson and Holyfield were the cash cows in the 90s. So Lennox had to make a name for himself in the states.[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=MrRolltide91;18150535]Word like when Lennox fought Tyson and Holyfield Or when Hatton fought Floyd and…

Comment by Raggamuffin on 10-21-2017

[QUOTE=PunchyPotorff;18150480]Quote: Originally Posted by PunchyPotorff View Post Quote: Originally Posted by PunchyPotorff View Post Quote: Originally Posted by daggum View Post wilder wouldnt even travel to fight whyte for 3 million which would have made the fight huge and put…

Comment by MrRolltide91 on 10-20-2017

[QUOTE=BrometheusBob.;18147308]I'm not even mad He getting big paydays and huge, supportive crowds out there in the UK If there was a bigger star out here in the US that would be one thing but it is what it is.[/QUOTE] Word…

Comment by MrRolltide91 on 10-20-2017

[QUOTE=Ray*;18144612]Why not? If he continues to KO everyone it doesn't matter if they fight in Mecca under the black stone he would be respected. Am hearing comments like America is the place for him lol. Those days are long gone,…

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