Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua could make his debut in the United States against Deontay Wilder later in 2017 should the Briton come through Eric Molina tonight.
The 26 year-old Olympic gold medallist takes on Molina at Manchester Arena tonight knowing victory would open the doors to massive unifications against Wladimir Klitschko in the spring and eventually Wilder at the back end of next year.
“This fight isn’t about Deontay Wilder. Deontay is supposed to be this KO artist with one-punch power and he’s been a pro for eight years now so he’s got vast experience in the game,” said Joshua.
“Eric put up a great fight against him and watching it I thought ‘that’s the type of guy that I want to be in.’ Someone that fights with their heart on their sleeve, that’s why we’re here now. It’ll be a comparison in the back of my mind but that doesn’t make me a better fighter than him or vice versa if I do better or worse than Deontay.
“The U.S. is a big market for me and I am sure it won’t be long until I make my U.S. debut. Whether that’s against Wilder, we’ll see. He’s got the injury to recover from.
“I have a lot of people asking me when we’re taking the show to the States, but I don’t think they mean Alabama! They are hoping for Las Vegas, I think — that’s a trip we’d all love to make,” he added.
Joshua has so far bulldozed his way through 17 opponents since turning pro after enjoying success at London 2012, whilst a step-up to facing the other champions is fully expected in the coming months.