Amir Khan: Anthony Joshua needs to box in America to become a global star
Amir Khan believes Anthony Joshua needs to box in America soon if he is to become a global sporting star.
Khan (31-4, 19 KOs), who makes his long-awaited ring return on April 21 against Phil Lo Greco, knows what it's like fighting in the US having boxed there 10 times so far during his professional career.
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His last appearance in the ring was in Las Vegas, a fight which ended in a knockout defeat to Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in May 2016.
"When you fight in America you become that global star, and that's what I did," Khan told Sky Sports. "Why not fight in a country where heavyweight boxing is big?
"One thing about the heavyweight division that AJ should definitely watch is -- it's always been big in America with Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Joe Frazier, Evander Holyfield.
"If he wants to make a big name, I think he might want to fight there first.
"He will build his name up, he will get a good knockout against some up and coming fighter, and then he will be ready [to fight WBC champion Deontay Wilder], because people will see him live on TV and live in America.
"They will be like: 'This fight needs to happen now.' That's a fight people want to see in America, they are already talking about AJ. I think he should go there."
Wilder aside, fight fans are clamouring to see an all-British match-up between Joshua and rival Tyson Fury, a fight Khan believes shouldn't take place in the near future.
"I think Fury might need a little more time," said Khan. "He's a great fighter, one of the best fighters in the heavyweight division.
"It's not a 50-50 fight at the moment, because Fury has been out of the ring for such a long time. I think if Fury maybe gets two fights under his belt, and then takes that fight, then you can say it's a 50-50.
"At the moment, I give it 70-30 to Joshua. That's a Wembley fight, definitely."