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Michael Sprott Welcomes Anthony Joshua Showdown

Two-time Prizefighter champion Michael Sprott says he would relish fighting Anthony Joshua, insisting he can be the first man to beat him in the professional ranks.

London 2012 gold medallist Joshua took his record to 5-0 by stopping Hector Alfredo Avila after just 134 seconds in Glasgow earlier this month.

Sprott is desperate to catch Joshua promoter Eddie Hearn's eye ahead of a possible big British clash, while Sam Sexton is another homegrown heavyweight who could face the Olympic champion in the near future.

The 61-fight veteran Sprott claimed he was prepared to put other offers to one side in favour of a shot at Joshua.

"I'm not sure what the situation is with that but I hope they give it to me because I want to be the one to put a dent on his record," Sprott told skysports.com.

"It definitely excites me. I've beaten one Olympian (Audley Harrison) - I'm sure I can beat another one.

"I've not heard that much about it yet but they were talking around May time and possibly for a British title so we'll have to wait and see.

"At the moment I'm fighting in a Prizefighter-type tournament in New Zealand in June which has big prize money of £100,000.

"But if Joshua comes up things will change and I will fight him."

Sprott is impressed with the current crop of British heavweight talent and insists Joshua will become a world champion one day, but only after Wladimir Klitschko retires.

"You've got the likes of David Price, Tyson Fury, Dereck Chisora and Anthony Joshua so the British scene is definitely quite strong at the moment and there are a lot of prospects coming through," the 39-year-old said.

"But it's still early days for Anthony Joshua. He's been stopping everyone that's been put in front of him, but he's going to have to step it up now and start fighting guys like me, (Matt) Skelton and Sexton.

"He will definitely be a world heavyweight champion at some point in the future but he won't be a heavyweight champion while the Klitschkos are around .

"It will probably be when they finish up which could be in two years time but I think that's what they plan to do with him - make him a heavyweight champion of the world in two years time."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by joe strong on 03-12-2014

sprott, skelton & sexton would all be good tests for Joshua...

Comment by bboy80 on 03-12-2014

Sprott will be stopped very early, like the rest of Joshuas fights. Sprott's pretty old now 39 and going in with Joshua lol..

Comment by Straightener on 03-12-2014

Nice step up for Joshua :boxing: Good fight

Comment by Tom Cruise on 03-12-2014

[QUOTE=Bodies in fligh;14320052]Why should he have retired? He's still decent domestically, and as you even acknowledged yourself, he is still capable of taking decent opposition rounds.[/QUOTE] He goes rounds but he still takes quite a few shots. Obviously i don't…

Comment by The Hammer on 03-12-2014

I think Joshua can handle Sprott fairly easily.

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