By Elliot Foster (@FreelanceFoz)
Anthony Joshua has signed a new deal with Matchroom Sport.
The Olympic heavyweight champion, who is undefeated in 14 fights as a professional and has been victorious by knockout in all contests since ditching the headguard and vest, will continue his paid career under the guidance of Eddie Hearn after penning a new three-year contract.
Joshua is preparing to headline, live on Sky Sports Box Office at the O2 Arena in London on December 12, when he faces long-time rival Dillian Whyte, who also has an unblemished record, in a defence of his Commonwealth and WBC International heavyweight crowns, while the pair will also clash for the vacant British title.
And while the 25-year-old has the chance to become the best in his division domestically in just over three weeks’ time, he has designs on lifting a world title in the sport’s glamour weight and is excited that he will be heading towards global glory under Hearn and co.
He said: “I have been part of the Matchroom family for a number of years now and I am really excited that the relationship will be continuing.
“They have an exceptional and passionate team from Eddie downwards. Matchroom have provided me with the perfect platform to get my professional career started and there was never a question that they were the guys, with Sky Sports, to help move me to the next level and ultimately to a shot at the heavyweight world championship.”
The enthusiasm shown by Joshua, who was in the ranks at Finchley ABC as an amateur, is echoed by aforementioned promoter Hearn.
The Brentwood-based supremo said: “It’s an absolute honour to announce a new three-year exclusive promotional deal with Anthony Joshua.
“The first two years have been a great experience and I feel the journey has been faultless both in and out of the ring. Anthony’s profile has continued to grow and he has boxed in virtually every major city in the UK but more importantly those experiences coupled with tremendous dedication in the gym has seen him develop immensely as a fighter.
“Anthony has already become one of the hottest commodities in world sport and we are blessed with the responsibility of helping to guide Anthony Joshua to the world heavyweight title and ultimately unifying the division.”by