Ve­gas, baby, will get Wlad’s blood boil­ing

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LON­DON: IBF, WBA and IBO heavy­weight cham­pion An­thony Joshua, says he is ea­ger for a re­match with Ukrainian Wladimir Kl­itschko af­ter April’s thrilling bout but will face Bul­gar­ian Kubrat Pulev if Kl­itschko de­cides to re­tire.

Joshua beat Kl­itschko af­ter 11 rounds to ex­tend his un­beaten streak to 19 fights, and a clause in their con­tracts al­lows the de­feated fighter to ask for a re­match. But the 41-year-old is yet to make a de­ci­sion about his fu­ture.

The 27-year-old has to fight Pulev, who is the manda­tory chal­lenger for the IBF ti­tle, and Joshua is ready to fight the 36-year-old if the Kl­itschko re­match does not take place.

“The ball is in Kl­itschko’s court,” Joshua told Sky Sports. “I am go­ing to con­tinue my ca­reer. It is up to him whether he wants to have a re­match or whether he says, ‘You know what, that’s enough’. “But I think, what­ever he de­cides to do, we all re­spect him, and Plan B would be look­ing at the op­tion with Pulev, and where we would fight him and the op­tions avail­able for (that) fight. “So, ei­ther it will be Kl­itschko, which would be great, or Pulev, which would be great. I am not both­ered ei­ther way.” The Bri­ton is hope­ful that a show­down in Las Ve­gas will tempt Kl­itschko to opt for a re­match. “Ve­gas – it is the Mecca of box­ing, and this is an op­por­tu­nity,” Joshua said. “Peo­ple wouldn’t mind trav­el­ling, and it is a nice big hur­rah for him­self. He has achieved so much, does he have the mo­ti­va­tion? I think Ve­gas will get his blood boil­ing again.” – Reuters

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