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Joshua to fight on Sky until 2021

Joshua extends Matchroom deal by three years Anthony Joshua will fight on Sky Sports Box Office for at least another three years
Cassandra Castillo | 30 July, 2018, 12:29

Sky announced that it will continue showing boxing fights featuring world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua on Sky Sports Box Office for at least another three years.

The Cuban heavyweight contender's laughter expressed all he needed to say about possibly getting a shot at Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs), the British superstar who owns the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO titles.

"Big news. It was always going to happen".

Anthony Joshua's next fight will be against Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium in September (John Walton/PA Images).

'We have created history together and we are dedicated to keeping the United Kingdom scene in high demand for all boxers and boxing fans, but for me personally, the journey is nowhere near finished yet'.

Joshua now holds the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight crowns with a flawless record of 21 wins from 21 fights since turning professional with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing in 2013.

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"One fight on DAZN (for USA boxing fans) plus options and in the United Kingdom at least five fights on Sky (for United Kingdom boxing fans)". He is a real people's champion and a superb role model for British and global sport.

The 28-year-old could fight the victor of Saturday's clash between Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker if he beats Povetkin, while American Deontay Wilder has also been mentioned as a potential future opponent.

"I am delighted to extend our promotional agreement with Anthony and also extend his relationship with Sky Sports".

It comes just 24 hours before Joshua's long-time rival, Dillian Whyte, prepares for arguably the biggest fight of his career as he takes on Kiwi star Parker at the O2 Arena in London.

It is hoped that a fight with WBC champion Deontay Wilder will follow for Joshua in 2019, and that his most significant match-ups - undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine has become a further target - will follow in the coming years.

In the past year, Sky Sports Box Office has brought fans the biggest bouts from across the globe including Anthony Joshua's title defences against Parker and Carlos Takam, Bellew v Haye 2, Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor from Las Vegas and more.

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