Hall of Fame fighter Oscar De La Hoya was full of praise for Britain’s hefty heavyweight hope, Anthony Joshua, in a recent interview.
Speaking to talkSPORT’s The Sports Bar, the CEO of Golden Boy Promotions stated that he believes it won’t be long before Joshua makes a real impact in the sports glamour division.
“Anthony Joshua, I remember watching him in the Olympic Games. He has progressed in such a way where he’s going to be a threat very soon in the heavyweight division. He has the ability, he has the speed, he has the explosiveness in the punching power. I believe Joshua will be a force to be reckoned with in the heavyweight decision very soon”
De La Hoya must have watched the 6 foot 6 inch Watford walloper very closely during the 2012 London Olympic games, because several sources reported thereafter that Joshua was being courted by the Mexican-American’s promotional outfit.
Unfortunately for Oscar, himself a former Olympic champion, the super-heavyweight gold medallist chose to stay closer to home, signing with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing.
Since doing so the 26-year-old has logged 14 fights as a professional, all wins, and all by way of knockout. He has looked nothing short of sensational every single step of the way. In the process he has captured the imagination of hardcore boxing fans everywhere, as well as Britain’s general sporting public.
So much so that his next bout against former amateur foe Dillian Whyte, which is scheduled for December 12th, sold out the O2 Arena within 6 hours, according to Sky Sports.
Not bad for a novice pro.