Anthony Joshua


Demsey McKean wants to fight Anthony Joshua at the Gabba cricket ground in his home country of Australia.

Joshua is expected to fight at some point in December this year but no opponent has been confirmed. There are a host of potential candidates as he looks to get back to winning ways following his second defeat to unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk in September.

After the fight, McKean said: “I think I did [enough to warrant a fight with a top name next]. It was an early knockout as well, and I’m going to have to hold Eddie [Hearn] to that, I think he said the Gabba against AJ, obviously, that would be my first preference but any of those top-level guys that he mentioned.

“Derek Chisora, Dillian Whyte, I’ve got a lot of respect for those guys they’ve done a lot for the game and I think it’s my time now and I need to start climbing those rankings quite quickly and I think a win over one of those top guys is going to put me in contention pretty fast.”

Eddie Hearn, who promotes both fighters, saw the the fight as a possibility.

He said: “Yeah, look he’s 22-0, he’s top 10 in the world, what more have you got to do? He’s yet to fight one of those elite guys but that’s what happens, you build your record, you learn in the game, you build yourself up the rankings and then you fight one of the elite guys, that’s the natural step next.

“So, if AJ gets on his bike and goes on this world tour that we talk about, it’s no joke about the Gabba, that’s an incredible night of boxing, Anthony Joshua vs Demsey McKean up there. Dillian Whyte, Derek Chisora, Zheili Zhang, Filip Hrgovic, 100 percent a major name will be next for Demsey McKean.”

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