Joshua ready to announce himself stateside


Anthony Joshua is relishing an opportunity to announce himself in the United States after signing a deal with American broadcaster Showtime.

Joshua's first defence of his IBF heavyweight title against Dominic Breazeale will take place on June 25 at the O2 Arena, and is to be broadcast on Showtime, who have agreed to be his exclusive partner in the USA.

The Briton is developing a reputation as one of the most exciting fighters in boxing, winning all of his 16 bouts by knockout and is keen to grow his profile stateside, starting with a contest with fellow unbeaten Breazeale in which he expected to triumph.

"It's a great link up with the US broadcaster and it's a chance for me to announce myself in America," Joshua said of the deal with Showtime.

Despite being the favourite for the bout with Breazeale, Joshua is not taking opponent lightly.

"Me and Dominic are very equal in terms of being professionals, we've been around the same time," he added.

"He's had 17 fights, I've had 16, and we were both at the 2012 Olympics. He's the fourth undefeated fighter I'm fighting.

"I respect the governing body [IBF] but I would rather not have that belt up there because I've got to keep that underdog mentality. I'm far from dropping the ball."