Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Anthony Joshua: No Problem Fighting Luis Ortiz, But Pulev is Next

Anthony Joshua wants his next fight to be staged at Cardiff's Principality Stadium despite the prospect of facing Kubrat Pulev in Las Vegas.

The WBA, IBO and IBF heavyweight champion's next title defence is to be announced imminently, with only the location and date to be decided between Cardiff on October 28 - the favourite - or Vegas' T-Mobile Arena on November 11.

His team remain hopeful Luis Ortiz, the mandatory challenger to his WBA title, and the governing body will remain patient so that he can honour a prior agreement with the IBF and Bulgaria's Pulev without being stripped.

joshua-ortiz_2

He is regardless willing to risk that development in the hope he can fight Ortiz thereafter, but despite a rematch in Vegas with the retired Wladimir Klitschko once appearing a near-certainty, a domestic fight is his biggest concern.

"I'm not turning Vegas down, I'd go, but for the people it's easier," Joshua, 27, told Press Association Sport.

"My heart always tells me the UK, because a lot of people that have supported me since the amateurs are from here, and it gives them a chance to come down and watch a heavyweight title fight without having to travel.

"I know people will always make the effort but sometimes you want to make it as easy as possible for them.

"Klitschko's unfortunately retired: it was a fight I was looking forward to again, but everything happens for a reason and now I have to go and compete with one of my mandatory challengers.

"My mandatory with Pulev has been ongoing for a year. The mandatory with Luis Ortiz has been going on for two months; I've had obligations in place for the past year. (The IBF) let me and Klitschko have a unification fight. We had to sign an agreement that straight after the Klitschko fight (I would fight Pulev), provided there's not a rematch."

Shortly after Klitschko announced his retirement the WBA ordered Joshua to defend their title against Ortiz, and the Cuban's manager insisted they could be ready for November 11.

They could yet strip Joshua amid him persisting with the Pulev match-up, but Joshua hopes to retain both of his titles and is willing to then face the dangerous southpaw.

"I'd fight Ortiz next if he was the next person in line before Pulev," he said. "My team, we sit down and talk, figure out what's best and move forward. I love fighting for the belts; it's history, but what's advised for me and my career in the long term has to be weighed up.

"I would definitely fight my two mandatories because they're exciting: it's just if one's patient or wants the belts now. People just say they want to fight me: they don't really want to fight me, just the rewards that come with fighting me. They'll get their turn.

"As long as (boxing's political landscape) doesn't stop me from fighting. The rules and regulations have to be in place to make it interesting: no problem. If that's the case, if I have to get stripped, no problem at all."

:: Anthony Joshua was speaking as part of StubHub's The London Manathon campaign together with Eddie Hall, World's Strongest Man. Tickets to see Eddie Hall at the Giants Live: Official World's Strongest Man Tour Finals are available on Stubhub.co.uk.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TinAgeOfBoxing on 08-18-2017

No problem fighting Ortiz as long as Ortiz is never the next fight.

Comment by Bronx2245 on 08-18-2017

[QUOTE=Andrij;17957133]Why BS fights ? Joshua will fight 2 Top 5 Heavyweights in a row. Yes Wilder had only BS bouts his entire career.[/QUOTE]Pulev is trash, and Stiverne is trash, even though BOTH are top HW contenders! I give props to…

Comment by 1hourRun on 08-18-2017

[QUOTE=techliam;17958449]In a perfect world we'd get: Joshua-Pulev Wilder-Ortiz and the winners fight But I have a bad feeling we'll get this: Joshua-Pulev Joshua-Ortiz Wilder-Stiverne 2 Wilder-Overmatched opponent, maybe Miller [B]Wilder needs to do something to make the fight interesting. Povetkin…

Comment by techliam on 08-18-2017

In a perfect world we'd get: Joshua-Pulev Wilder-Ortiz and the winners fight But I have a bad feeling we'll get this: Joshua-Pulev Joshua-Ortiz Wilder-Stiverne 2 Wilder-Overmatched opponent, maybe Miller Wilder needs to do something to make the fight interesting. Povetkin…

Comment by Raggamuffin on 08-18-2017

[QUOTE=Kigali;17957454]Wilder is nowhere on AJ/Hearn's radar.[/QUOTE] We know, but at least he won't ever be called a champion by true boxing fans until he fights Wilder.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (36)
Top Headlines Devon Alexander: My Opioid Addiction Kept Me Out of The Ring Cotto Recalls KO Win Over Ricardo Torres Put Him "On the Map" Duva: Kovalev Still Man to Beat in Light Heavyweight Division Tony Bellew Has Options in Fallout of David Haye Rematch Zolani Tete Explains Record Breaking Knockout, The Aftermath Frank Warren on Frampton's Win, Tete's Big KO, Conlan's Loss Saunders: Khan on Celeb Show For 100K, Fight Brook For Millions! Golovkin's Promoter: We're Ready, Canelo Just Has To Say "Yes' Bellew's Coach: We Are Devastated That David Haye Withdrew Arum: HBO's Nelson is an Amateur, SHO's Espinoza is Competent! Kovalev's Return a Reminder of Prolonged Stevenson Frustration Jacobs: First Fight Was 50-50 - 100% I Win The Golovkin Rematch! Zolani Tete Dares Ryan Burnett To Get in The Ring, Unify Belts Cyborg Still Plans To Pursue Boxing Run Despite New UFC Deal Photos: Miguel Cotto Grinding Hard For Sadam Ali Showdown Photos: Devon Alexander, Walter Castillo - Ready For Battle Photos: Mayweather Foundation Annual Thanksgiving Giveaway Photos: Gennady Golovkin Visits Children's Hospital in Mexico Amir Khan Fails, Screams in First 'I'm A Celebrity Bushtucker Trial' Golovkin: If Canelo Doesn't Want To Fight, I Want The WBO Belt Mayweather Boxing + Fitness Readies For Launch in Los Angeles Bellew Could Have Interim Fight Depending on Haye's Rehab Time Hearn: David Haye Was Distraught, I've Never Seen Him Like That AIBA, Wu Reach Agreement - Wu To Step Down From His Post Nico Hernandez vs. Jozsef Ajtai Set For December 2 Dillian Whyte Throws Hat In Ring To Fight Bellew, Replace Haye Tyson Fury Ready To Step In For David Haye, Fight Tony Bellew Weekend Review: Zolani Tete's Stock Rises, Frampton Wins Tough David Haye Forced Out of Bellew Rematch With Bicep Injury Warren: Carl Frampton 'Won’t Wait Around' for Leo Santa Cruz Peterson's Long Layoff 'No Concern at All' Before Spence Fight Golovkin: I'm Ready For The Rematch - Is Canelo Ready? Josh Taylor: The Next Step Could Be Anthony Yigit, Euro Title Frampton Admits: Performance Was Mediocre, But Win is a Win Eric Donovan Back on December 2, National Stadium in Dublin Bellew's Coach Expects Haye To Shed Weight, Come in Lighter Macklin Gives His Take on Frampton's Win, Conlan's TKO Loss Golovkin: If There is a Big Fight at 168 - I Would Move Up Dela Torre Vows To Bounce Back After Loss To Nyambayar Evander Holyfield Helps Boxing Take Major Fighter Safety Strides
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement