A world title fight between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder in the United States could be on the cards for next year, according to American TV boss Stephen Espinoza.
The 26-year-old's IBF heavyweight title fight against Charles Martin last month was the beginning of Joshua's journey to boost his profile in America, and will now face Californian Dominic Breazeale on June 25 in the first title defence of his career.
Espinoza, the head of US TV network Showtime, is feeling confident that the British world heavyweight champion will travel stateside in a bid to make himself a big name in America, and will face Wilder in a bid to do so.
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"I would love to see that within the next year and I think it's realistic to say that, if both continue winning." Espinoza told Sky Sports. "Even if not, I think it's a very attractive fight regardless.
"Two very athletic fighters, two very articulate, charismatic guys outside the ring, and so I'm hoping, I'm very optimistic we can get that fight done within the next 12-18 months."
Joshua has yet to fight outside the UK, and talk has already begun about the Watford-born fighter travelling to the states to fight in the next year or so, with New York and Las Vegas both likely options for the Olympic gold medalist.
The heavyweight champion has come across as rather nonchalant as to who and where he fights, opening up to the idea of fighting in America, and Espinoza admitted that US boxing fans are excited by the prospect of Joshua showcasing his talent in the states.
"The number one question I've been getting is 'when are Deontay and Anthony going to fight?'" Espinoza admitted.
Toughest test yet
Wilder would prove to be Joshua's toughest opponent yet, with the WBC heavyweight champion holding a record of 36-0-KO35, and the American is hoping to become the undisputed heavyweight champion, which would make for a mouthwatering bout, with Joshua also undefeated.
"Whether it's going to be in the second fight or third fight, or fourth fight, I think there is desire to go and expand that market. I think he can successfully balance not just the UK and American markets, but worldwide." Espinoza added.
"I think for this type of huge heavyweight fight. Whether it's Joshua-Wilder or any other Joshua fight, there's really only two main places for it.
"Either it's in New York City or it's in Vegas. I don't think there would be any trouble drawing the UK fans to either. There is something about having a big heavyweight fight in New York City that adds to the glamour. There is an undeniable cachet that attaches to fights in Vegas."
Joshua signs TV deal
Showtime, who gave Floyd Mayweather Jr a lucrative deal to broadcast the final few fights of his glamorous career, agreed a multi-fight deal with Joshua earlier in the month, and Espinoza admits he would 'love to see' Joshua and Wilder face each other, which would prove to be a coup for his TV network.
Joshua and Wilder are both KO specialists, with the Brit having knocked out all 16 of his opponents, during his professional career, while only once has Wilder failed to send his opponent to the canvas.
But with David Haye and Tyson Fury both lining up for an all-British heavyweight fight in the near future, Wilder may have to wait for his chance to face the man everyone is talking about in British boxing at the moment.
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