Advertisement
Advertisement

Anthony Joshua Could Face Sprott or Skelton on April 19

Anthony Joshua needed just 134 seconds to see off the challenge of Hector Avila in Glasgow and chalk up his fifth win as a professional.

The British heavyweight endeared himself to the crowd at the SECC by heading to the ring to the sounds of the Proclaimers' '500 Miles' - and he quickly had the fans on their feet by flooring his Argentine opponent.

Avila had taken another Brit, Dereck Chisora, nine rounds just under a year ago but failed to even get out of the first, his night coming to a premature end when he walked onto a left counter.

'The Shark' was attempting to lead in with a right himself but was caught by a chopping blow that sent him flat on his back. The referee began the count but it soon became apparent the bout was over.

Joshua had already backed the South American back up against the ropes just before the end came along, picking his shots carefully as Avila covered up in a desperate attempt to survive.

He couldn't in the end, meaning the man from Watford has still yet to get beyond the second round since turning pro.

"There's definitely an improvement from my last fight, and that's what I was looking for," Joshua told Sky Sports. "It was clear to see there have been some improvements in me. As the opponents get better, we want to keep on doing that.

"When people are knocking guys out there are always questions about whether they can go the distance. Everyone trains hard in the gym, but I think mentally I'm ready to go six, eight (rounds).

"This is my last six-rounder and the opponents are going to get tougher.

"This is going to be an interesting year and there will be a time when you see me go past two (rounds). I bet you I'll be fine."

Promoter Eddie Hearn admitted afterwards that it was going to be tough to hold back the 2012 Olympic gold medallist who will be back in action in Manchester on April 19 on the undercard of Scott Quigg's world-title defence.

"He's progressing," Hearn said at ringside. "People will criticise the opponent, but he (Avila) went nine rounds with Chisora.

"It's about showcasing Anthony Joshua all around the country. To see him walk out to that reception was incredible - that's why we love coming here so much.

"He's going all the way. We've got a problem in that I think he's ready for the division now. But we've got to keep progressing, keep learning. But right there, you've got something very special."

While Matchroom looked abroad this time around for someone to face Joshua, Hearn suggested future rivals could come from a little closer to home.

"We hoped Avila would give him so rounds," he added. "We will look abroad, look internationally. The names of (Michael) Sprott and (Matt) Skelton have all been put in the mix. They're perfect for Anthony next.

"Then we will look at a British title in the next six months. We've got to do it right."

Tags: Anthony Joshua image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Tyrone Biggums! on 03-03-2014

Joshua is bashing these sort of guys out too easily so it's certainly time to step up. His power is serious imo, every punch he lands seems to put these guys in serious trouble, the referee has stepped in in…

Comment by dan_cov on 03-03-2014

Skelton is a good move. Pointless giving Joshua more guys he will easily dispatch of inside 1 or 2 rounds. At least Skeltons old self might be still durable and seasoned enough to stick around and make him work for…

Comment by yoz on 03-03-2014

[QUOTE=LacedUp;14285451]Joshua will most likely ease past those guys too.[/QUOTE] Aye, before Prizefighter Sprott was KOd in the 1st round by German prospect, Erkan Teper (then 10-0 6KO)

Comment by Tobi.G on 03-03-2014

[QUOTE=southpaw_07;14285719]Sprott yes, Skelton @ 47 ?? that would be criminal.[/QUOTE] Absolutely, the old man would get his butt kicked verry brutally!!

Comment by Tom Cruise on 03-02-2014

[QUOTE=Juof;14285427]he hasnt even took a big shot yet. they going to fast with his career he will get beat at euro level.. even fraudley had better technique than joshua.[/QUOTE] I don't think Skelton and Sprott are a sign they are…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (20)
Top Headlines Roach: Me and Pacquiao Remain in Boxing To Get Mayweather Verdejo's Manager Says Flanagan Clash Possible For November Frank Warren on Crawford: Best American in a Long Time Amir Khan: I'd Need 6 Months of MMA Training For McGregor MGM Liverpool Launches, Will Promote October Show Leo Santa Cruz Motivated To Make Frampton Taste First Defeat Dennis Ceylan vs. Ryan Walsh For Euro Crown on October 15 Marquez's Coach: Estrada, Ramirez Best in Mexico - NOT Canelo Nacho Praises Marquez For Rejecting Cotto's Weight Demand Christian Hammer vs. Timur Stark Set For September 17 Wilcox dominant, Miljas impresses at Toronto boxing show Hatton: Gennady Golovkin's Size Will Be Too Much For Brook Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Wilfredo Vazquez on Oct. 1, Puerto Rico Jacobs vs. Mora II, Easter vs. Commey, Kauffman on Sept. 9 Robert Guerrero-Adrien Broner Will Be Targeted, Says Manager Marcos Maidana, Robert Garcia To Sit Down and Discuss Future Artie Pelullo Sees a Very Big Future For Ruben Villa Mikey Garcia Eyes Gold: I Want Terry Flanagan's WBO Title! Team Frampton Had Secret Weapon in Camp For Santa Cruz Kim Poulsen Gets Career Back on Track, Training at Wild Card Photos: Mikey Garcia vs. Rojas, Malignaggi vs. Bracero - Face Offs Photos/Weights: Adonis Stevenson vs. Thomas Williams, More Photos: Leo Santa Cruz, Frampton Face To Face at Final Presser Photos: Gennady Golovkin in Beast Mode For Kell Brook Clash Lee Baxter Promotions Brings Boxing Back To Toronto Flanagan vs. Verdejo Ordered By The WBO, Says Frank Warren Santa Cruz: I Won't Be Like Quigg, I'll Force Frampton To Fight! Hatton Warns Harrison That Rabchenko Will Make Statement Joseph Diaz Reflects on Velez Win, Talks Strategy Against Proa Ed Brown Returns To The Ring Against Venegas in Indiana Santa Cruz Hopes Mares Overcomes Eye Issue; Wants Rematch Josh Warrington: I Want Lee Selby More Than Anyone Else Amir Khan: I'll Fight Conor McGregor To Prove I'm a Real Man! Roach: If He's 100%, Pacquiao Would Destroy Floyd Mayweather! Joseph Diaz vs. Josh Warrington Clash Eyed By Golden Boy Dusty Harrison vs. Thomas 'Cornflake' Lamanna on Sept. 16 Lee Selby Will Have a Ringside Eye on Santa Cruz vs. Frampton Pacquiao Says Comeback is NOT About Money, But Passion Khan on Canelo: He Weighed 187 With Me - Fight Golovkin! Marlon Tapales To Receive Hero's Welcome For Title Win
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement