Jose Mourinho is ringside at Anthony Joshua’s IBF heavyweight title challenge against Charles Martin tonight, and said in an interview at the o2 Arena that he has not yet been offered a contract with Manchester United, but he would “love” to stay in England.
The 52-year-old Mourinho has been out of work since December, when he sacked by Chelsea with the Premier League champions languishing in 16th place in the league.
He has since been heavily linked with replacing Louis van Gaal at United this summer, should the Dutchman be sacked, but Mourinho revealed in an interview with Sky Sports before the fight that he has not agreement with them. The Portuguese did make his intentions clearly known though – he wants to stay in England.
“I don’t have a contract with another club. I’d prefer to stay in England,'” Mourinho said at the o2 Arena. “I love the country.”
Joshua vs Martin – the boxing world predicts the winner
“I remember when I’d won the WBC world title, my first defence was against Jermain Taylor out in America. That was a risk and this is a risk for Joshua. I do think it will pay off and he will become world champion, but don’t think for a minute this will be easy.”
“I just think Anthony Joshua has got that George Foreman, Frank Bruno brutish strength – that ingredient that is hard to hold him off. Charles Martin will be gallant, brave and it’s a great fight potentially” said Harrison. “But I can’t see him keeping back the steam train that is Anthony Joshua.”
“I think Anthony Joshua will beat Martin. It’s a shame the heavyweight title got fragmented, but it’s an opportunity for Joshua. You look at that fight and I think to myself Martin two fights ago was fighting Tom Dallas. Joshua a couple of fights ago was fighting Gary Cornish. You’ve got to look at the levels and I think he will have too much all round for him.”
Peter Fury (Tyson Fury’s uncle and trainer)
“I think differently. I think it’s a hard fight for AJ. It’s not an easy [fight] for him. He needs full credit. He’s had 15 fights, is very raw still and has a lot to learn as far as I can see. The potential is there. He can definitely box, he can fight. He’s a talent but like I said, I think it’s early. I’d have to favour to Charles Martin, to be honest. This is boxing and anything can happen.”
“Charles Martin is not the ideal opponent for Anthony but it is the gateway towards Anthony becoming a world star and very rich.”
“Personally, I see AJ taking this fight a long distance and keeping himself composed. Then in the later rounds he’ll take him out.”
“It’s a hell of a gamble with 15 fights under his belt. I expected Joshua to get Dillian Whyte out of there in the first or second round in December last year but he made a real meal of that fight.”
“He will get sparked out, this fight is not going 12 rounds. I’m going to win. This is my destiny. He is just holding the belt.”
It was also revealed today that Mourinho has turned down an offer to manager the Syrian national team, his agent confirmed.