Anthony Joshua receives OBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace

Anthony Joshua has added yet another honour to his collection after being awarded an OBE for his services to sport by Prince Charles in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on 20 December.

The 29-year-old was previously given an MBE in 2013 after claiming an Olympic gold in the super heavyweight division at London 2012.

Joshua made sure to look his best for the occasion and was sharply dressed in a black suit jacket and grey trousers as he shook hands and enjoyed a conversation with the future king.

AJ’s visit to the Palace is a brief distraction from who he will face in his next bout at Wembley on 13 April.

Promoter Eddie Hearn is hoping to have his fighter’s next contract signed off by early January but it remains unclear who that will be against.

The controversial draw between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury in Los Angeles has thrown a potential match-up in doubt, as the pair could be set for a rematch at some point in 2019.

Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora do battle on Saturday and the winner could fight Joshua while American heavyweight Jarrell Miller is also under consideration.

“As I’ve said, I’m willing to fight Deontay Wilder – April 13th in London,” Joshua stated.

“So I don’t know what more I have to do to get that message across. He’s more interested in fighting Tyson Fury. Tyson Fury holds no world titles.

“Let me say this, I can’t control what Deontay Wilder does, I can’t control what Tyson Fury does – or even as far as what they say.

“But what I can do is control what I say and what I’m doing. I made sure, with the negotiations, I’ve booked the date in advance, set the venue in advance, and I’m making my point clear in front of everyone watching.

“I’m willing to fight any one of these guys, especially the champion Deontay Wilder, April 13th at Wembley. What more can I say?”

TNT Sport

Photo Credit: Anthony Joshua

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