Anthony Joshua successfully retained his WBA [Super], IBF, and IBO world heavyweight titles against Carlos Takam at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday.
Contrast to previously anticipated, the fight proved to be an engaging contest against the Cameroonian-Frenchman, who accepted the bout in under two weeks notice.
A brutal showdown that lasted 10 rounds at the Wales-based arena, the conclusion of it left both men covered in blood and sweat as Joshua secured the 20th win of his pro career.
The 28-year-old suffered a suspected broken nose as early as the second round, which led to many speculating the fight then becoming in favour of his challenger.
However, Joshua retaliated and continued with the same vigour, flaunting an all-round display, ultimately outlasting Takam in the end.
He was visibly happy to win the contest, and now aims for 2018 to be a much bigger year for him as he eyes more high-profile opponents, with Tyson Fury also in the mix.
After finishing with his mandatory post-match interview, and heading out of the arena in a vehicle, Joshua was asked about his opinion of the fight and also what Eddie Hearn proposed for the upcoming campaign.
The following is the excerpts of the interview.
Reporter: “Eddie Hearn said to me tonight he wants to work with Tyson Fury next year to get this fight. He specifically said that. What do you make of that?”
Joshua: “I think it's all positive if he wants to work with Tyson Fury. I think he’d do good for Tyson Fury’s career and I’ve always been a supporter of positive energy, so it’d be good once Tyson Fury gets himself back in action. He is a credit to the sport."
He added: “If that's what Eddie wants to do and it works with Fury, I think it’s good for them both. I’m all for it.”
You can watch the full interview below! [Scroll to 03:26 for the Tyson Fury question]
Only time will tell if Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury becomes a reality in the coming year, with Fury’s future still hanging in the balance.
Bringing this highly anticipated contest to fruition will be a tough task for Eddie Hearn himself as everything relies on the decision of the British Boxing Board of Control, and whether they will provide a verdict in favour of the beleaguered star in the months ahead.