Joshua vs Takam: Anthony Joshua focused on not losing belts in search of future fights
By Conor Creamer
Last Updated: 29/10/17 6:55pm
Anthony Joshua insists he is focused on keeping his belts "by any means" following his 10th-round stoppage win against Carlos Takam in Cardiff on Saturday night.
The 28-year old WBA 'super' and IBF world heavyweight champion suffered a damaged nose before breaking down the tough Frenchman for a 20th-consecutive knockout victory.
Promoter Eddie Hearn plans to put in place three fights for Joshua in 2018, but the unbeaten star is more fixed on a long-term strategy as he embarks on ruling the division for the next 10 years.
"I'm just focusing on keeping my belts by any means," said Joshua following his win over Takam at the Principality Stadium.
"I think the WBA have a mandatory in place so my next three fights could be an obligation I have to fill if I want to keep the belts.
"In my mind I'm just focusing on keeping my belts and getting better from here and winning and winning.
"It's not about the 21st fight or the 22nd fight, it's about 15 fights from here - 10 years, 15 years you know.
"I'm not just worried about my next three fights, I've just got to plan the long-term strategy with Rob and Eddie."
Over 75,000 fans filled Wales' national stadium on Saturday night, six months after Joshua and Klitschko produced a classic for 90,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium.
And promoter Hearn believes Joshua has the ability to fight wherever he chooses thanks to the "iconic" shows he puts on.
"It's up to what Anthony what's to do," said Hearn. "He can box in any territory he wants but I think right now it's about mapping the year rather than just the next one."
"Every show is iconic. Every show there are images and footage that go back to people around the world and we should be very proud of what they're watching because I don't think it's been done before.
"AJ has always wanted to put on shows in and out of the ring. There isn't a show like an Anthony Joshua show, there just isn't in world boxing anymore."