Anthony Joshua has been approached to fight in the African nation that staged the Rumble in the Jungle.
The Democratic Republic of Congo , then- called Zaire in 1974 when Muhammad Ali ’ s rope- a – dope tactics outfoxed George Foreman in a legendary heavyweight title fight , now wants to host a Joshua fight .
“( Promoter Eddie Hearn ) is exploring an option in (Congo ) .
There has been an approach, ” Joshua ’ s manager Freddie Cunningham told Sky Sports .
Joshua has proudly spoken of his Nigerian heritage and a fight in Africa , following in Ali ’ s famous footsteps, is on his “ bucket list . ”
“ For the next fight , Africa is not the right time .
But at some point he 100 per cent wants it , ” Cunningham said .
Joshua ’ s first two overseas fights came this year – the shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr in New York and the rematch victory in Saudi Arabia .
But Tottenham’ s new stadium in London has emerged as a realistic location for Joshua ’ s next fight .
Promoter Eddie Hearn previously said , “ There are a lot of options internationally , but he does want to box back in the UK .
“( Tottenham) would be keen to do it and it would be a nice stadium to do it in London. ”
Cunningham added , “ It went so well in Saudi that they will want to be kept in the loop . And there are always options in the UK – Tottenham’ s stadium is great and local to where AJ grew up . ”
Kubrat Pulev is leading the race to be Joshua ’ s next opponent although Oleksandr Usyk is also an option .
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