Joshua is the reigning WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion, while compatriot Tyson Fury recently defeated Deontay Wilder to win the WBC equivalent, with a mega-fight between the pair in the pipeline somewhere along the way.
Joshua’s comments come after regaining his world titles in December following a victory over Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia. The win came six months after a shock loss to the Mexican on the Brit’s United States debut where he was floored four times in a seventh round stoppage loss.
The 30-year-old admitted the rollercoaster period in his career had been a testing period.
“It was a difficult time in my career. Last year was a real tough year,” he told Sky Sports. “As a British heavyweight fighter, we never get the respect from the world media, which is governed by America to a certain degree, because we’re British.