I vowed to stand as champion if forced to vacate world title -Joshua

Anthony Joshua has vowed to “ stand as a champion” if he is forced to vacate a world heavyweight title and warned “ I’ ll get it back again ”.

Joshua regained his WBA ‘ super, IBF and WBO belts with a commanding points victory over Andy Ruiz Jr last month and has already been ordered to make title defences against Kubrat Pulev and Oleksandr Usyk , his IBF and WBO mandatory challengers .

With both the IBF and WBO attempting to enforce fights , promoter Eddie Hearn is hoping to reach a resolution that would allow him to fulfil both title obligations , but Joshua is relaxed about his next career move after avenging the only defeat of his career .

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“ I always said the belts do not represent me , ” Joshua told Sky Sports .

“I will stand as a champion, even if I have to give one up .

“ It would give me an opportunity to face another world champion – I’ ve beaten four world champions on my record now .

“ If I give up a belt it creates more history and entertainment .

If I have to , I’ ll give it away – but I’ ll get it back again . ”

The IBF told Sky Sports last month that they hope to reach a resolution for Pulev to receive the first title fight with Joshua , while Usyk has been offered an alternative fight against Derek Chisora in early 2020 .

Joshua is expected to return in April or May , with a possible venue of the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium , and he welcomed the opportunity for a London homecoming at the 62, 062 – capacity venue .

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