Nigeria rolls out red carpet for boxing champion Anthony Joshua

Carla Harmon
May 4, 2017

Anthony Joshua's first boxing trainer has said boys coming to the club are "proud to be Finchley boxers" thanks to his incredible success.

Joshua called out his compatriot, who beat Klitschko on points in November 2015, after his victory on Saturday.

"But I think the team around him, ie his wife, and they normally wear the pants, and his brother (Vitali), they will advise him differently", Joshua added. "Even if I failed to regain the belt", - said the Ukrainian boxer.

There is one man who wants nothing more than to step back into the ring to face the current world heavyweight champion and put him in his place.

"The plan, rather than just keep going in the United Kingdom, is to explore and break new markets and boundaries like the Middle East, China", added Hearn.

Fury also beat Klitschko in November 2015 but had to vacate his belts and was banned by the British Boxing Board of Control in October a year ago after he admitted he took drugs.

While a rematch against Klitschko could be scheduled before the year's end, Joshua's promoter confirmed that any possibility of him fighting Tyson Fury would have to wait until April of next year.

After defeating Klitschko, Joshua said: "Tyson Fury where you at baby?". I wish I would [have] raised my hand instead of being someone that didn't make it and win the titles back.

'There can only ever be one heavyweight, especially in our part of the world, and it's me. "Write some notes. I want to tell him, 'what do you think about working on this?' I know I've seen certain things with Rob, if we work on it in the gym, it'll help me in the ring", Joshua said.

WBC holder Deontay Wilder is also a possible opponent after improving his record to 38-0 in February but Hearn still seems keen to give 41-year-old Klitschko a second bite of the cherry. "I can definitely...notice a difference, feeling fitter, everything is going good".

Fury added: "We all saw [his career] had a life and death situation against Klitschko, but Klitschko couldn't land a glove on me".

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