Joshua to fight for eight or ten more years as Hearn plans trips to US, Far East, Middle East and Africa

Esther Lin

Heavyweight king Anthony Joshua will only fight twice a year from now on but looks set to venture out of the United Kingdom in the near future.

The WBA. IBF and IBO title holder, who defeated Wladimir Klitschko via eleventh round stoppage on Saturday night in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, is drinking in the best win of his career as his profile catapults worldwide.

Promoter Eddie Hearn has announced big plans are in place for Joshua moving forward as ‘AJ’ plans to reign at the top of the boxing free for the next decade.

“It is so big for the sport and massive for him,” he said, speaking exclusively to Jim White on talkSPORT.

“I think he becomes the biggest sports star in Britain now. It is only the beginning.

“He wants another eight to ten years in the sport and it almost feels like he has had that legacy-defining fight on Saturday, but there is such a long way to go.

“We are only going to box twice a year now because the fights are so huge and the camps are so long.

“It is the world heavyweight championship. It is not the British heavyweight championship. We have got a chance here to keep these events huge in Britain, which we want to do, but we also want to break new boundaries.

“We want to go into new markets and dominate those markets with him. That includes America, the Far East, the Middle East and Africa as well. You will see him box in those territories over time,” he added.

A fight with Tyson Fury has been put on hold for the immediate future as Joshua attempts to retain the three belts currently in his possession.

Mandatory fights with the WBA and IBF are both due – meaning Joshua could face losing a strap in the coming weeks should a deal with Luis Ortiz and Kubrat Pulev fail to come to fruition.