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Anthony Joshua says he’s ‘not interested’ in coming to U.S.

Anthony Joshua may not have the plans his promoter has stated in the past.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Anthony Joshua was mere moments past a decision win over Joseph Parker to unify three heavyweight titles, so maybe it wasn’t the best time for him to be taken 100 percent seriously, but still.

Joshua (21-0, 20 KO) was asked in his post-fight interview in the ring, “Are you interested in trying to conquer America?”

His reply was blunt.

“No,” he said. “All these years, the UK fighters have had to go to America, everyone had to spend a heap of money to go to Vegas. We can do it in London around Wembley, Cardiff. It’s local. We’re staying right here. We’re staying right here.”

Asked who he wanted to fight next, he said, “Wilder or Fury, either one.”

Now, it’s worth noting, too, that Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has said that the plan is for Anthony Joshua to eventually fight in the United States, and the money to fight Deontay Wilder in Vegas might simply be too big to pass up. But Wilder, who has become a draw in Brooklyn, still isn’t the sort of draw Joshua is in the United Kingdom, and Wilder is unproven in Las Vegas, as is Anthony Joshua.

So could Joshua-Wilder, if it happens, take place in the United Kingdom? Sure. Wilder has shown a willingness to travel before, as he was ready to go to Russia to fight Alexander Povetkin before that fight was scrapped.

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