IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua has admitted he will not be cautious as he prepares to take on Alexander Povetkin later this month.
The Brit will defend his belts once again as he heads to Wembley Stadium for a clash with the Russian fighter. Joshua has won all of his 21 fights so far, with only one bout going the distance.
He was taken all the way by Joseph Parker in his last meeting in March and many criticised him for the cautious approach. A win over Povetkin could lead to a mega fight with WBC champion Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury or Dillian Whyte but Joshua is not planning to take his time with Povetkin. He told the US media at a DAZN conference:
“Go in there, and have fun – don’t be cautious because it’s ruining my aggressive style. “Go out there and take out Povetkin, like I would do with any other opponent. “How will I approach it? 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 analyse from my opponent.
I analyse them punch by punch and I switch up my style as the rounds go on. “The heavyweight division is a puncher’s game. One punch can change the course of history so that’s what keeps my eyes on the prize.
Like ‘snakes and ladders’ – one foot wrong and you slide back down to the bottom of the pecking order.” Joshua remains the heavy favourite and he is 12.00 to win inside the fourth round.