Ex-world title challenger Johann Duhaupas has told WBN that a fight with Anthony Joshua is on the forefront of his mind for April this year.
The Frenchman returns next month from a spirited effort against WBC champion Deontay Wilder last September, in which Duhaupas inflicted the most damage ever on the American before being stopped in the eleventh round.
Dependent on a successful return in Monaco in February, Duhaupas has been promised a WBC Silver title shot by the World Boxing Council, according to his manager Mehdi Ameur, and is intent of sharing the ring with Joshua in Monaco or London this spring.
“Johann has taken licence to fight in Monaco as he is not registered in France,” Ameur explained to WBN. “He will fight on the 5th of February, but then he wants to take on Joshua in April. We hope to stage the fight in Monaco for the vacant WBC Silver title and for Joshua’s WBC International title.
“The winner would then have a good chance of going on to fight Deontay Wilder for the full title as mandatory.”
Duhaupas, 34, is hopeful the fight can be made and says if Monaco isn’t possible due to Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn’s commitment to the O2 Arena in London on April 9, he would consider travelling to the UK.
“When I see the fights of Joshua and his record of knockouts, I know he is a very good fighter. Joshua has the punch power and he has good mobility. Plus, he is young,” Duhaupas exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I know Anthony has a fight April 9th in London, but my manager Mehdi can organise a big event in Monaco against Joshua after my fight in February. I am ready to fight Joshua and want that fight soon.
“Joshua doesn’t have the experience I have. He only has the punch but no more power than Deontay Wilder had. I am a hard and can take these punches and I would like Joshua to accept my offer to come to Monaco in April.
“If Joshua won’t come here then I can go in London, but for Anthony both options are not good and they are very dangerous for him because let’s not forget that I am ‘The Reptile.’”