Joshua aims to boost Wilder hopes

22 January 2017 08:08:15 EST

Anthony Joshua is set to boost his hopes of a future heavyweight fight against Deontay Wilder by travelling to America next weekend.

The 27-year-old current IBF heavyweight champion has been heavily tipped to go head-to-head with WBC belt holder Wilder in a unification showdown at some point in the future.

However, the Watford fighter has the small matter of a Wembley Stadium showdown against former champion Wladimir Klitschko on 29th April to prepare for first.

Anything can happen, but I love the Deontay Wilder fight. The Americans are starting to go mad for Anthony Joshua. They were all talking about him last week.

Eddie Hearn

Promoter Eddie Hearn is keen not to underestimate the threat of Klitschko, who is aiming to get his career back on track after losing his belts to Tyson Fury in November 2015, but he is also hoping to get Joshua a big fight against Wilder on American soil.

Therefore, the pair will venture Stateside as soon as Joshua's break in Dubai comes to an end in the coming week.

"He's in Dubai at the moment, he comes back at the end of this week, and then we're going to go to an event in America on the 29th of January," Hearn told Sky Sports.

"Then we do a press conference for Joshua-Klitschko on the 31st and then he flies back straight into camp for 1st February, so all under way."

On the possibility of a fight with Wilder, Hearn added: "I would like him to fight Wilder. You never know what is going to happen in boxing. AJ and Klitschko could have a 10, 11, 12 round war, do you do that again, or fight Wilder? Do you fight the Haye-Bellew winner?

"Anything can happen, but I love the Deontay Wilder fight. The Americans are starting to go mad for Anthony Joshua. They were all talking about him last week.

"Wilder against Joshua can be built into a huge fight. Two undefeated, fast, big-punching heavyweights. But I think at the moment, the pure focus, because of the toughness of the fight, has to be Wladimir Klitschko.

"You come through and it's no turning back, it's big fights only."

Joshua is 1/2 to defeat Klitschko, while the veteran Ukrainian is 9/5 to inflict a first professional defeat on the British boxer.

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