Boxing legend George Foreman has suggested that Anthony Joshua can reign as Heavyweight Champion for the next 10 years - if he beats Wladimir Klitschko in 2017.
A match for the WBO 'Super' title has been sanctioned for next year on the assumption that Joshua can defend his IBF Heavyweight Title against Eric Molina in Manchester on December 10.
It was hoped that Joshua vs Klitschko would happen before the end of the year with both parties interested in a fight. However, negotiations stalled and Molina stepped in to issue the British boxer a challenge.
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If Joshua beats his American challenger next month and then goes on to win against 40-year-old Klitschko in 2017, Foreman believes that British boxing's poster boy can reign as champion for the next decade.
In an interview reported in the Evening Standard, the 1968 Olympic Champion said: "If Joshua beats Klitschko, he’ll really make his name around the world and be the champion for the next 10 years."
Such high praise from Foreman should not go unnoticed.
The American is the last man standing from heavyweight boxing's most famous era in the 1970s, following the deaths of Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.
The trio had the whole world watching as they clashed time after time for boxing's biggest belts, and Foreman believes that the 27-year-old can put himself on a similar level to these giants with a win against the aging Klitschko.
However, he also had a warning for Joshua, stating: "It is a burdensome thing to be Heavyweight Champion and it got to Fury. But if Joshua beats Klitschko, the whole world will know about it and will know all about him."
As he's fighting in December, Joshua will surely go into next year's fight in better shape than his Ukranian challenger.
Klitschko hasn't fought since losing to Fury in November 2015, so will need to train hard if he's going to stand any chance against Joshua in what will surely be one of the biggest fights in recent times should it goes ahead.
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