Heavyweight king Anthony Joshua is relishing the chance to broaden his fan base with his US debut this weekend representing a welcome, timezone-friendly change for Australian fans.

The unbeaten Brit defends his four belts against Andy Ruiz Jr in New York on Sunday (AEST) — the first foray outside the UK in his 22-fight professional career.

A genuine global superstar Joshua is already a household name in Australia but fans Down Under have become accustomed to early wake ups to watch him in action.

However this Sunday represents a welcome change with the fighters not expected to hit the ring for the main fight before 12.30pm AEST.

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Joshua admitted in an exclusive interview with Main Event’s Ben Damon this fight presented a big opportunity to grow his global support base.

“That’s why it should be good fighting here as well, it’s a different audience. I’m looking forward to building my support system there (in Australia),” Joshua said.

“I’d love to go out there I haven’t been yet. You had the Commonwealth Games out there, didn’t you?

“It’s a place of great sporting history and I’d love to go there.”

Joshua was originally scheduled to fight Jarrell Miller but the American’s failed drug test opened the door for Ruiz.

Australian fans will be familiar with Ruiz (32-1, 21 KOs), who pushed New Zealander Joseph Parker all the way in a 2016 bout — the only loss of the Mexican-American’s career to date so far.

Wisely, Joshua is not taking his opponent lightly, nor offering any brash predictions.

“Win and perform, that’s the key,” Joshua said of his plans for the fight.

“I don’t know about rounds and stuff like that. I know Ruiz can take a punch. Hopefully my punches are enough to take him out but I just want to perform, that’s the main thing.”

Meanwhile Joshua has revealed he’s still keen to fight WBC champion Deontay Wilder in 2019 despite the undefeated American announcing he’ll next fight Luis Ortiz — a decision slammed by Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn.

“I wish it (the Wilder fight) was Saturday but I’ve got a tough fight with Ruiz that I’ve got to get over,” Joshua said.

“If it can’t be Saturday then (I want that fight) next, before this year’s out.”

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