Home fight spurs Joshua

The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport - Lon­don

– World heavy­weight cham­pion An­thony Joshua (above) wants his next fight to be in Lon­don in June and Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur’s 62 000-seater sta­dium is the most likely venue, pro­moter Ed­die Hearn said.

Bri­ton Joshua, 30, de­feated Mex­i­can-Amer­i­can Andy Ruiz Jr in a De­cem­ber re­match in Saudi Ara­bia to win back his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO ti­tles.

Re­ports in Bri­tish me­dia say Joshua is close to agree­ing a deal to face Bul­gar­ian Kubrat Pulev, the IBF’s mandatory chal­lenger.

“He (Joshua) wants to fight in Lon­don in June. We’re on the verge of mak­ing that hap­pen now,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “Spurs is the front-run­ner and that’s what he’s asked me to do. We’ll be de­liv­er­ing that for him.

“We’ve had of­fers in from the Far East, Mid­dle East, Africa, Amer­ica, Turkey.

“He’s made it very clear to me, ‘I want to come home. I want to box in Lon­don next. I’ve been to Madi­son Square Gar­den, I’ve been to Saudi Ara­bia, bring me home. For­get the other of­fers.’”

Joshua last fought in Lon­don in Septem­ber 2018 when he beat Alexan­der Povetkin at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium. –

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