Joshua’s pro­moter looks at in­ter­na­tional scene

2018 fights with Wilder, Parker

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Cardiff – An­thony Joshua’s pro­moter Ed­die Hearn wants to take the world heavy­weight cham­pion over­seas after his 10th round win over Car­los Takam on Satur­day.

Joshua re­tained his In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion and World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion heavy­weight ti­tles after stop­ping Takam at the Prin­ci­pal­ity Sta­dium in Cardiff.

All of Joshua’s 20 pro­fes­sional fights have ended in­side the dis­tance and have all been in Bri­tain.

“I would like him to box three times in 2018,” Hearn said. “He doesn’t have to, it’s down to An­thony. We may have a manda­tory (de­fence) with the WBA, which is un­clear at the mo­ment.

“There’s (WBO cham­pion) Joseph Parker, there’s (WBC cham­pion) Deon­tay Wilder. I would like him to have an in­ter­na­tional fight in 2018, but it does seem a shame to leave all this.”

Amer­i­can Wilder de­fends his World Box­ing Coun­cil belt against Haiti’s Ber­mane Stiverne on Novem­ber 4.

Joshua, 28, said he does not mind who he fights so long as he is re­tains the WBA and IBF belts.

“I’m just fo­cus­ing on keep­ing my belts, who­ever that is on the WBA list, that’s who it is,” Joshua said.

Takam, 36, com­plained about the stop­page, but will take a lot of credit after fight­ing on with im­paired vi­sion after be­ing cut near his right eye in the fourth round where he also took a count.

“I’m happy with that the win is se­cured and we move on,” said Joshua, who paid trib­ute to his op­po­nent for bat­tling on de­spite the in­jury. –

/ AN­DREW COULDRIDGE / REUTERS

An­thony Joshua cel­e­brates at the end the fight against Car­los Takam at Prin­ci­pal­ity Sta­dium in Cardiff on Satur­day.

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