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Hearn Eyes Teper, David Haye Bouts For Anthony Joshua

By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star

ANTHONY JOSHUA hopes his quick work could see him get a shot at world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko after two more wins.

The 25-year-old has steamrolled his way to 14 straight knockouts in the paid ranks since winning gold at the 2012 Olympics and turning professional a year later.

Scotsman Gary Cornish became Joshua's fifth first round victim when he was floored twice in a 97-second demolition for the Commonwealth title at the O2 Arena on Saturday.

Joshua, who has not been beyond three rounds, will face another unbeaten boxer next when he faces Brixton's Dillian Whyte for the British title at the O2 Arena on December 12.

Whyte beat Joshua as an amateur and last week called him "a scumbag" and a "drug dealer from Watford".

But Joshua is not convinced Whyte will be his longest fight yet and promoter Eddie Hearn hopes to match him against Germany's European champion Erkan Teper before what he hopes will be a crack at WBA-WBO-IBF world champion Klitschko, 38, who has ruled since 2006.

He said: "My ambition is a bit higher than Dillian Whyte. I'm going to deal with that boy and then I can achieve what I want to do.

"Teper is no different from guys I've fought so far. By the time that fight comes up I will be in a good place so it will not be too awkward to fight.

"Commonwealth, British, European and then world and then you have achieved what you set out to achieve.

"I can't predict if Dillian will be a longer fight. I couldn't really look past Gary Cornish but now, bring it on. You will probably hear a lot more from me."

Hearn says a fight against Londoner David Haye, the former WBA world champion who is talking of a comeback after three years out, is not in their plans.

He said: "I don't think you will see Anthony box every six or seven weeks now. Every world governing body is looking at AJ and they are all desperate for him to fight their belt. Whenever we want to fight for the title it will happen.

"I would like him to fight Teper for the European title in March and then for the world title in the summer.

"I would love him to do more rounds. We thought Kevin Johnson was the guy but he was lucky to get through the first round. It's perfection what you are seeing.

"It's the most simple path I've seen. Nothing can stop him except beating himself, and that's not going to happen because he works too hard.

"He could be a complete a***hole but he isn't, his feet are firmly on the ground and he lives with his mum.

"David Haye talks about fighting but he wants the right payday to come back. I've had a couple conversations with David. He's a sharp guy and he knows the size of the fight with Anthony.

"It's one of the toughest fights out there for Anthony but we're looking at him winning world titles so he doesn't need to go through David Haye to get them."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by larryxxx.. on 09-14-2015

David Haye???? interesting

Comment by The plunger man on 09-14-2015

[QUOTE=Razor Ramon;16048664]Everyone's on his nuts and will be until he fights someone who can fight back. David Price was in practically the same position, everyone raving, until he fought someone decent. Fortunately for AJ there's not that many decent heavyweights…

Comment by Tonyu on 09-14-2015

I really like Joshua but it is crazy talking about Klitschko with the level of comeptiton he has faced and not going past 3 rounds - that will be premature. After fighting Whyte get him 5 fights next year with…

Comment by BWC on 09-14-2015

[QUOTE=knockoutkid;16048593]i rekon teper wont go down, perhaps the others went down or have known chin issues thats why they were picked.[/QUOTE] AJ's opponents were picked because they have no power of their own to get AJ's respect. He just walks…

Comment by The Hammer on 09-14-2015

To give Joshua more rounds, they should have him fight more often. Fight again in mid-to-late October, and then against Whyte in December.

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