By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
ANTHONY JOSHUA has offered Wladimir Klitschko a rematch anywhere in the world - if his family let him.
Britain’s new king of the ring picked himself up off the canvas to stop Klitschko in the 11th round of their sensational heavyweight clash on Saturday night.
Former champ Klitschko has a rematch clause he can trigger if he wants another shot at Joshua.
But the new IBF, IBO and WBA champion doesn’t think Klitschko’s actress finance Hayden Panettiere will let him.
“I think he will want to have a rematch because a fighter is the last one who knows when it is time to stop,” said Joshua. “But I think the team around him i.e. his fiance - and they normally wear the trousers – and his brother. They will advise him differently.
“I have the ultimate respect for him inside and outside of the ring. I wouldn’t mind fighting him again if he wants the rematch. It’s up to him. I don’t mind as long as my trainer Rob McCracken thinks it’s good to go, I’ll go.”
Joshua banked £15m for his breathtaking win in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley.
And promoter Eddie Hearn warned the like of Tyson Fury that Klitschko will be at the front of the queue to fight Joshua next.
“He will probably say he wants the rematch as any champion would,” said Hearn. “Whether he feels the same in a month’s time after reflection....we have no rush at all.
“We’re certainly not going to be opening negotiations with any other fighter until we know what Wladimir Klitschko is going to do. He came here, so we may go to Germany. I always said if no-one wants to see a rematch, it’s unlikely to happen. If people want to see a rematch, it’s likely to happen.”
Joshua is now ready to dominate the heavyweight division for years to come.
But Klitschko has warned him that he has plenty of chinks in his armour.
“I think he beat me and won the fight to show his qualities,” said the Ukrainian. “How he will develop we will see. I think he is vulnerable, that is maybe something he will need to work on. He is today a success. He is unified champion today. You have to respect it.”