Joshua, Matchroom Boxing extend promotional agreement

Anthony Joshua is picking heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko to defeat Tyson Fury on Saturday. Scott Heavey/Getty Images

England’s Anthony Joshua, the 2012 super heavyweight Olympic gold medalist and one of boxing’s elite prospects, signed three-year contract extension with promoter Matchroom Boxing on Tuesday.

Joshua has been with Matchroom Boxing since his pro debut and the new agreement comes just a few weeks before he is due for his most notable fight yet, a British and Commonwealth title bout against Dillian Whyte on Dec. 12 at the O2 Arena in London.

“I have been part of the Matchroom family for a number of years now and I am really excited that the relationship will be continuing,” Joshua said. “They have an exceptional and passionate team from (promoter) Eddie (Hearn) downwards. Matchroom have provided me with the perfect platform to get my professional career started and there was never a question that they were the guys, with Sky Sports, to help move me to the next level and ultimately to a shot at the Heavyweight World Championship.”

Joshua (14-0, 14 KOs), 26, has steamrolled through his professional opponents. He has not been past three rounds. He will defend his Commonwealth belt and vying for the vacant British title against the 27-year-old Whyte (16-0, 13 KOs).

“It's an absolute honor to announce a new three-year exclusive promotional deal with Anthony Joshua,” Hearn said. “The first two years have been a great experience and I feel the journey has been faultless both in and out of the ring. Anthony's profile has continued to grow and he has boxed in virtually every major city in the U.K. But more importantly those experiences coupled with tremendous dedication in the gym has seen him develop immensely as a fighter.

“Anthony has already become one of the hottest commodities in world sport and we are blessed with the responsibility of helping to guide Anthony Joshua to the world heavyweight title and ultimately unifying the division.”