Exclusive: Duhaupas throws hat into the ring for Joshua on April 9

Phil Jay 16/12/2015

Recent WBC heavyweight title challenger Johann Duhaupas has informed WBN that he would like to oppose Anthony Joshua on April 9 in London.

The 34 year-old Frenchman, who put in a spirited effort before losing out in eleven rounds to Deontay Wilder in September, watched Joshua’s victory over Dillian Whyte on Saturday night and spotted flaws he can exploit in the promising Londoner.

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn says the Olympic gold medallist will be ready to go again in the spring following his 15th win and Duhaupas has offered his services for what would be an interesting test for the undefeated British and Commonwealth title holder.

“I’m ready to rumble with Anthony Joshua. I am already training after the Wilder fight and as I said in Alabama I will be back,” Duhaupas exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I saw round two of Joshua’s fight with Whyte and it made me happy because I see that he doesn’t have a good chin. I’m sure I can win as Joshua is young and doesn’t have good experience.

“I always say I want the best and I want to win. I proved myself against Wilder and want another big challenge soon.”

Duhaupas’ manager Mehdi Ameur added: “I know Johann thinks Joshua is a great fighter and for sure very soon he is the future and the next heavyweight champion, but he wants to fight him whenever and wherever.

“Johann is in good shape already and we would like to speak to Eddie Hearn about a fight on April 9 in London,” he said.

Joshua, 26, has already been linked to fights with compatriot Dereck Chisora and the winner of the European title clash between Robert Helenius and Frank Rill this weekend as ‘AJ’ bids to gain the necessary experience for a possible 2017 world title challenge.

The Watford man has shed some of the invincibility hanging over him prior to his encounter with Whyte, which may well be a blessing in disguise, as Joshua pushes on towards inevitable blockbuster bouts with David Haye and Tyson Fury in the next eighteen months.