'It would be class' - Anthony Joshua hints at defending his world heavyweight titles in Dublin
World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has told Independent.ie that would like to stage one of his huge title defences the Aviva Stadium or Croke Park.
WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO heavyweight king Joshua is looking to unify the heavyweight division as he targets a fight against WBC champ Deontay Wilder later this year and he has admitted he would like to take his multi-million pound boxing roadshow to Dublin in the future, possible for a showdown with fallen world champion Tyson Fury.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has spoken of his ambitions of staging a Katie Taylor world title fight at Croke Park or the Aviva Stadium, and now his star fighter is talking up his hopes of taking centre stage in Dublin.
“I have fought in Ireland before and it would be class to be part of a world title fight in Dublin,” Joshua told us at a Lucozade Fitwater event.
“Guinness all around and everyone having a great time. Maybe we could make it happen. I have Irish connections in my family and the people I have grown up around in boxing have Irish connections. It would be great to put on a show in Ireland so hopefully we can make it happen.”
Joshua also gave us his views on his promotional stablemate Taylor, who has followed his rapid path to world title glory under the watch of their promoter Hearn.
“Katie is phenomenal,” he continued. “She has done so many great things as an amateur and they say that the amateur and the pros are different, but she has managed to cross over to the professional ranks really easily, showing her skills.
“I don’t like say it’s women’s boxing and try to keep it separate from men’s. It’s not like that. It’s boxing as a whole and she is very much a part of that story now.
“Katie has a whole different following, people coming over from Ireland to watch her and it’s great for the sport. She is ticking all the boxes for promoting boxing and is a great role model for women as well.”
Joshua revealed that he is close to confirming a fight with Wilder in a UK stadium for this summer, as he sent out a chilling warning to his American rival who will provide a brash and arrogant contrast to the cool and composed Joshua in the build-up to the fight of 2018.
“He’ll do a great job of promoting and selling himself and I’ll do a great job of knocking him out,” adds Joshua.
“People talk a good game, but it’s about backing it up in the ring. People like to trash talk, but I do it in a more fun way unless it gets personal and then I’ll give as good as I get. I like to beat them in the ring. I’ve never heard of a record for winning press conferences or stare downs.”
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