Two-time Prizefighter champion Michael Sprott would relish facing Anthony Joshua
Two-time Prizefighter champion Michael Sprott is relishing the prospect of fighting Anthony Joshua.
By Dev Trehan
Last Updated: 12/03/14 11:38am
London 2012 gold medallist Joshua took his record to 5-0 by stopping Hector Alfredo Avila after just 134 seconds in Glasgow earlier this month.
Promoter Eddie Hearn admitted that the likes of Sprott or Sam Sexton would be the next step up - in the near future.
And 61-fight veteran Sprott claimed he was prepared to put other offers to one side in favour of a shot at Joshua.
"I'm not sure what the situation is with that but I hope they give it to me because I want to be the one to put a dent on his record," Sprott told skysports.com.
"It definitely excites me. I've beaten one Olympian (Audley Harrison) - I'm sure I can beat another one.
"I've not heard that much about it yet but they were talking around May time and possibly for a British title so we'll have to wait and see.
"At the moment I'm fighting in a Prizefighter-type tournament in New Zealand in June which has big prize money of £100,000.
"But if Joshua comes up things will change and I will fight him."
Sprott is impressed with the current crop of British heavweight talent and insists Joshua will become a world champion one day, but only after Wladimir Klitschko retires.
"You've got the likes of David Price, Tyson Fury, Dereck Chisora and Anthony Joshua so the British scene is definitely quite strong at the moment and there are a lot of prospects coming through," the 39-year-old said.
"But it's still early days for Anthony Joshua. He's been stopping everyone that's been put in front of him, but he's going to have to step it up now and start fighting guys like me, (Matt) Skelton and Sexton.
"He will definitely be a world heavyweight champion at some point in the future but he won't be a heavyweight champion while the Klitschkos are around .
"It will probably be when they finish up which could be in two years time but I think that's what they plan to do with him - make him a heavyweight champion of the world in two years time."