Anthony Joshua has vowed to take out Alexander Povetkin when he takes on the Russian in defence of his WBA, WBO, IBF, and IBO world titles at Wembley Stadium in England.
Joshua who admitted he didn’t perform at his best against Joseph Parker because he had one eye on a fight against Deontay Wilder, also promised to be explosive against Povetkin who held the WBA title from 2011 to 2013 and has an impressive 34 wins, 24 by knockout, in his 39 fights.
“When I sit back and think about it there was a lot of talking [about Wilder]. He’s done well to build a profile on the back of my hard work,” Joshua told DAZN.
“When we’re all in the same division we have to fit each other and we will get it on when the deal is right.
“After I fought Carlos Takam, Wilder called me out and said I’d been ducking him and dodging him but I hadn’t heard a word from him before that.
“So I entered my next fight thinking I was going to be fighting Wilder next because I’d been negotiating with Wilder’s team since after I fought Takam.
“Then I had a fight with another champion so I thought if I won I’d fight Wilder so I fought carefully [against Parker].”
“Go out there and take out Povetkin, like I would do with any other opponent. Maybe I will box and keep it simple. Maybe I might keep a tight guard and go pound-for-pound, trade-for-trade.
“The reason I say that is because I’m versatile. I can keep it long or slug it out. It depends what I analyze from my opponent. I analyze them punch by punch and I switch up my style as the rounds go on.
“My mind has always been on what was next – I’ve got to win this to fight Wilder – but now I’m going to fight Wilder regardless so I’m not going to be cautious, I’m going to take out Povetkin like any other opponent.”
A win for Joshua will see him become the first undisputed world heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis in 2000.