Anthony Joshua says he will be ready for a world championship shot in the next eighteen months as the Olympic gold medallist nears the first meaningful title fight of his career on September 12.
The 25 year-old faces undefeated Scot Gary Cornish for the vacant Commonwealth title before a scheduled British title contest with another fighter harbouring an unblemished record in Dillian Whyte.
Should Joshua come through Cornish unscathed, the high-profile encounter with Whyte will then go ahead on December 12 at the O2 Arena in London.
If as expected Joshua takes his record to 15 straight wins by Christmas, the Watford man would then move onto European level by mid-2016 before making the final step-up to world level soon after.
“I’ve got a long way to go, but hopefully Klitschko or Deontay Wilder, the current heavyweight champions of the world, will give me an opportunity. I’ll definitely be ready, hopefully some time towards the end of 2016 or early 2017,” Joshua told Sky Sports News HQ.
‘AJ’ seems to be head and shoulders above the whole of Europe – even now, but as stated in the past he won’t be rushed by promoter Eddie Hearn – who had a vision when Joshua turned pro to have him challenging the best in and around 2017.
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