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Anthony Joshua needs US fight to hit the big time – Amir Khan

Khan’s own profile was raised by a number of bouts in the United States and he feels compatriot Joshua should follow suit.

Anthony Joshua
Anthony Joshua

ANTHONY JOSHUA SHOULD prioritise a debut fight in America before setting his sights on a showdown with Deontay Wilder.

That is the view of British compatriot Amir Khan, who said the heavyweight star needed to raise his profile in the US to become a “global star.”

Khan has fought several times in the States, most recently against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in Las Vegas, where the Mexican scored a sixth-round knockout in May 2016.

But it was a big-money bout for Khan and brought with it the kind of attention that he feels Joshua – who faces Joseph Parker on 31 March in Cardiff – would easily attract if he showed off his skills for a stateside audience.

“When you fight in America you become that global star, and that’s what I did,” Khan, who takes on Phil Lo Greco in Liverpool on April 21, said in quotes reported by Sky Sports.

“People around the world now, wherever I go, they will recognise me because of US television, how they promote you.

“One thing about the heavyweight division that AJ should definitely watch is – it’s always been big in America with Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Joe Frazier, Evander Holyfield.

“Why not fight in a country where heavyweight boxing is big?

“If he wants to make a big name, I think he might want to fight there first.

“He will build his name up, he will get a good knockout against some up and coming fighter, and then he will be ready, because people will see him live on TV and live in America.

“They will be like: ‘This fight needs to happen now.’

“That’s a fight people want to see in America, they are already talking about AJ. I think he should go there.”

Joshua will put his IBF and WBA belts on the line next month against Parker, whose WBO strap will also go to the victor.

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