Joshua “100%” Wants To Go Back To Madison Square Garden

Anthony Joshua says that he wants to box at Madison Square Garden again, despite it being the scene of his only defeat.

Joshua regained his WBA, WBO, IBO and IBF heavyweight titles from Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, having lost them in a stunning upset at the Garden in June.

The Londoner says he wants a fight at home next – which is likely to be against Kubrat Pulev in May at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in North London – and some felt that with huge money to be made in countries like Saudi Arabia, Joshua might just not bother with the United States.

But Joshua says he wants to return to New York to show the American fight fans a different version of himself.

“One hundred percent I will go back to MSG,” Joshua said, although his promoter, Eddie Hearn, said there was “so much to do first” before returning there.

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Hearn also poured cold water on Joshua’s hopes of boxing in Nigeria, the homeland of his parents, adding: “Everything comes down to finance.”

Much has been made of Joshua’s jab and move style in the win over Ruiz. Joshua said he studied a string of videos in the build-up, including Kirkland Laing’s 1982 upset win over Roberto Duran, but Joshua insisted that he could box many styles.

“My coaches because they spend so much time putting their knowledge into me,” he said. “If they want me to box like Riddick Bowe, Lennox Lewis, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Floyd Patterson, Sonny Liston, it’s just down to their game plan.

“Whatever they want from me, I can produce because I am a student. There’s not just one dimension to me, I’ll always bring something new to the table.

“[I was watching] Kirkland Laing against Roberto Duran. I watched a comparison of Riddick Bowe and Larry Holmes, comparing the jab and Tommy Hearns.

“And I’ve started watching a lot of ex-trainers, I don’t just watch boxers and you get to learn what they taught their athletes and try and align that to what you’re trying to achieve.

“If you want to be a great in today’s generation, you should do what the greats did in the past.”

Even though Saturday’s fight was short on highlights, Joshua insists the tactics were perfect.

“Hitting without getting hit, the sweet science,” he said. “If you’re a true boxing fan and love boxing as much as I do, you look to the great teachers and they will tell you that boxing is about hitting and not getting hit.

“I just adopted that. I went back to the true love of the game. When I had my loss, I had to dig deep. It’s not just a brutal sport, there is a science to it and I wanted to adopt that in this fight. I think it was the perfect strategy.”

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