Anthony Joshua is assured a possible battle with Deontay Wilder will occur quickly and insists he continues to hold the heavyweight division.
Joshua claimed the twenty sixth victory of his skilled profession on Saturday with a thunderous seventh-round stoppage of last-minute opponent Robert Helenius at London’s O2 Arena.
While it was a spectacular end, Joshua confronted boos in the course of the third spherical earlier than jeers returned by the midway mark following one other pedestrian spherical.
The sold-out crowd had been up on their ft after one minute and 27 seconds of spherical seven, however this contest was at all times a stepping stone to an eagerly-anticipated conflict with ex-WBC belt-holder Wilder.
Discussions between the camps of Joshua and Wilder proceed to happen with Saudi Arabia’s promotional firm Skills Challenge trying to host the bout between former champions in January or February.
“Any time is a good time to fight. It could have been Wilder eight years ago or Wilder now. It don’t matter,” Joshua insisted.
“It is only a fight and boxing wins so roll on really. There is no worry to me when it is.
“I am just happy we can get the fight going and I think people appreciate that I am doing my best to keep heavyweight boxing on the map.
“Yeah, we’re carrying heavyweight boxing. I have believed that for years I have played my part in bringing entertainment to heavyweight boxing.
“That is why you are asking about the Wilder fight. I am not comparing what it could have been, I’m just happy that we’re getting this fight under way potentially soon because it does great for boxing I think.
“We’ll look back in years to come and think, ‘look at that era, that guy fought everyone,’ and that’s what is important. Not protecting you zero. It is about fighting the best and giving your best.”
There isn’t any guessing who Joshua’s ultimate sentence was aimed toward with fellow Briton Tyson Fury set to tackle UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in Riyadh on October 28.
Joshua would have celebrated a decade within the professional ranks that month and regardless of not holding any belts for practically two years, he’s assured his crew can strike a take care of Wilder’s camp.
He stated: “I don’t feel pressure any more. Remember I am not a heavyweight champion, I leave that to the other guys. I am just a contender trying to make my way.
“It is not easy to get these fights over the line, he (Wilder) didn’t fight Andy Ruiz Jr. It is not easy to get these fights over but I have got full trust in my team.
“They’ve taken me a long way to become unified two-time heavyweight champion of the world. We collected belt after belt. Four of the five major belts. IBO, IBF, WBO, WBA.
“We collected all them belts, defended them multiply times, done great business, stadium fights, fought in American, Saudi.
“My team are amazing so I put all my faith in them to deliver. We’ve just got to hope the other team play ball.”
Joshua was fast to credit score coach Derrick James for his first knock-out victory in three years.
In solely their second battle collectively and after coping with Dillian Whyte’s late withdrawal, James reiterated to his tutelage to maintain “shooting the right” and it helped to provide the cash shot earlier than midnight in England’s capital.
While frustration had began to develop over Joshua failing to constantly have interaction with Helenius, who had suffered a vicious first-round loss to Wilder in New York final October, the Finchley boxer was snug along with his techniques.
He questioned: “Are they booing me or booing Helenius? That is the question.
“I think they don’t understand it is competitive boxing. We are trying to shut each others passes down.
“It is a game of chest. When you are playing, it is the most interesting and thinking man’s sport but from the outside chest is a boring game.
“Why am I going to go in there and trade from round one?
“We are building confidence in myself, which is important and I have confidence in my team.
“It was a late replacement and Helenius’ reputation was damaged due to the fact he was knocked out in a round, but he’s a very good operator.
“He was presenting certain obstacles for me to get over and Derrick guided me to that knock-out.
“I am just happy to get the win because I always know after one win it can lead onto something spectacular and I believe we’re onto something big.”