Anthony Joshua announces world title defence for November

The IBF heavyweight champion will put his belt on the line at the Manchester Arena.

Joshua defeated Dominic Breazeale back in June.
Joshua defeated Dominic Breazeale back in June.
Image: PA Wire/Press Association Images

ANTHONY JOSHUA WILL mount the latest defence of his IBF heavyweight title at the Manchester Arena on 26 November.

Joshua last fought when he stopped Dominic Breazeale in seven rounds in June and the undefeated 26-year-old’s next challenger is to be announced by the end of September.

After a demanding run of seven fights in 15 months, Joshua took a five-month break, but the 2012 Olympic gold medallist’s November bout, announced by Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, signals another busy period.

Hearn spoke earlier in the week of a three-fight plan for Joshua that begins on 26 November, is followed by a further defence against mandatory challenger Joseph Parker in March, and then concludes with a voluntary bout at Wembley Stadium against one of the division’s biggest names.

When I first started my professional career I travelled all round the country fighting, which I loved, this is taking me back to the grass roots,” Joshua said on today.

“I can’t wait to get back up north and show the people of Manchester how much I have improved since the last time I was there. I have been inspired over the summer by the fighters in the Olympics, it has given me a new perspective and huge hunger to get back in ring.”

© AFP 2016

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