Amir Khan the British professional boxer and two-time former world champion, having held the unified WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles has warned Anthony Joshua to slow down and not rush things.
Joshua beat Charles Martin to win the IBF world heavyweight title earlier this year and is being tipped to fight fellow countryman Tyson Fury, assuming that Fury wins his bout against Wladimir Klitschko.Amir Khan who currently holds the WBC Silver welterweight title, and has fought at three weight classes: lightweight, light-welterweight, and welterweight believes that Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn are right to put their foot on the brake. Another novice American, Dominic Breazeale, is next on June 25 at the 02.Then, probably, a defence against one of the contenders in the rather weak IBF rankings in the autumn.Khan believes Joshua should take his time and fight other competitors rather than go for the jugular and face Fury who is one of the most dangerous fighters in the world.
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“It’s been a bit of a rush for Joshua. They have to be careful, next year will be soon enough for him to fight Fury. It’s all in the timing, if it’s all going so great you can lose perspective.”That can be dangerous, it happened to me a bit. I thought I could go to war with anyone out there and I got caught out a couple of times. That was good for me. It reminded me that I’m only where I am because of boxing, it’s good to be young and hungry and ambitious. But you must beware of getting your head. You must not lose your humility. I learned that lesson.”I reminded me that I’m only where I am because of boxing. It’s good to be young and hungry and ambitious. But you must beware of your head getting. You must not lose your humility. I learned that lesson.It’s a fine balance. You can’t go too slow either. You have to know when to move on from fairly easy fights and take on better opponents.Look what’s happened to Kell Brook. We could have had a huge fight in England. I wanted him to prove he was worthy of that by fighting more top-class opponents.But apart from when he beat Shawn Porter to win his world title he’s hardly fought anyone of real note. He’s still doing that and I think the moment for our fight has passed. It seems he can’t even fill his home town arena in Sheffield.We don’t want that to happen to Joshua, either. You have to sense the moment to go for the top”.
Khan who is scheduled to face Alvaraz at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, had to wait for this fight with both Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao refusing to fight him. Despite the setbacks, the Brit has got his big chance and he says it is patience and belief that have helped him through tough times in life.”I’d had my share of big fights and I held on to the belief that the mega-fight would come. Now it’s happened just as I’ve reached my prime. It’s the timing.”