Joshua confirms title defence date

IBF heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua has announced he will make the first defence of his title at London’s O2 on June 25.

The British superstar broke the news on Twitter:

“After speaking to my coach I wanted the closest fight possible because I’m feeling good,” he said.

“I can’t wait to get back in training camp and pick up where we left off. The date to put in your diary is June 25, back at The O2 for my first title defence with a jam-packed undercard.

“I can’t wait to be back and I’m looking forward to performing for you once again. Take care and see you guys soon.”

Joshua’s opponent has not yet been identified, but promoter Eddie Hearn is reportedly lining up three possible American opponents – Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1-KO21), Eric Molina (25-3-KO19) and Dominic Breazeale (17-0-KO15).

Joshua became the new IBF champion after stopping American Charles Martin in the second round earlier this month.

It was his 16th professional victory out of 16 fights, all of them coming via knockout.