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Anthony Joshua On Course For U.S. Run After Securing Visa

Anthony Joshua is on course to realise his ambition of fighting in Las Vegas having finally secured a United States visa despite his previous drugs conviction.

The chances the IBF heavyweight champion, who is scheduled to fight Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium on April 29, returning to Sin City were in doubt after his 2011 arrest in England for possessing cannabis and intent to supply the drug.

He was then suspended from the Team GB boxing squad, sentenced to a 12-month community order and 100 hours' unpaid work, and left to fear his dreams of headlining in Vegas were dead.

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Despite the prospect of a crowd of 90,000 - a post-war record for a fight in Britain - attending his April date with Klitschko, it is the thought of the bright lights of Vegas that Joshua has been seduced by.

Before his conviction he fought there as an amateur for Team GB, but even amid enjoying the luxury of a private jet to and from Cologne for Wednesday's press conference with Klitschko, following Floyd Mayweather and Mike Tyson is what holds the most appeal.

"I had to go to the embassy like everyone else, queue up and wait around all day," said Joshua, 27, who recently visited New York with Klitschko to promote April's fight. "It was a long day.

"I had to get a lawyer to get all the paperwork done so it was a long process but we got there in the end.

"I had long meetings about my visa. I haven't been there on holiday yet but it meant a lot to me to get it. They accepted me in even though it's harder to get into countries at the moment.

"To have my visa is a big thing. The (anti-Donald Trump) protesters (at the airport) didn't exactly cheer me in but they were there doing their bit. I just kept my head down and carried on walking."

Joshua and Klitschko eye each other up ahead of their fight

The private jet that took Joshua to Germany on Wednesday was the latest demonstration of the remarkable progress he has made since his occasionally-troubled adolescent years.

It was a youthful rebellious streak that saw him stay in Vegas casinos until the early hours when he was scheduled to fight the next day as an amateur, and that contributed to planting the seed of his chief ambition.

"We were out in the casino the night before until about 2am, the bright lights and all that got us," he said. "Then my coach caught us and went mad. But we boxed the next day and won.

"We were just a bunch of amateurs pulled in from the casino the night before to fight.

"All the big names were there, these guys are just out and about in Vegas. None of them tried to sign me because I was just a skinny little kid at the time.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bumpin on 02-17-2017

[QUOTE=Sadiqkingofko;17431779]I thought Felon's can't come in to the US??[/QUOTE] Yeah right. felons are most welcomed here. This is the home of the felons. :cool2:

Comment by billfifty on 02-17-2017

[QUOTE=vitali1999;17432317]No need to come here. Wilder wouldn't touch him with a ten foot pole[/QUOTE] That's the only money fight in the heavyweight division....it will happen.

Comment by vitali1999 on 02-17-2017

No need to come here. Wilder wouldn't touch him with a ten foot pole

Comment by alexguiness on 02-17-2017

Just waiting on AJ tweeting 'I won't meet with Trump' Like he is the next MLK or something...deluded.

Comment by 1hourRun on 02-17-2017

[QUOTE=Longneck;17431980]Does your mum have a big fat arse like all yanks because I'm coming over to smash it like a real man, I bet she loves a turnip up her ****[/QUOTE] You know I'm hurting feelings left and right when…

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