Ahead Of Povetkin Fight, Joshua Still Focused On Wilder
In the span of 24 hours, heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua would fly across the Atlantic twice, for two press conferences.
The first stop of his cross-continental excursion was Tuesday’s DAZN reveal in New York City. Standing there with September 22nd opponent, Alexander Povetkin, Joshua would help usher in the digital service’s partnership with Matchroom Boxing, which will air the heavyweight fight.
Speaking exclusively with FIGHT SPORTS before returning to London for Wednesday’s presser at Wembley Stadium, Joshua claimed that training has become more than preparation for him.
“Its more of a lifestyle,” claimed the heavyweight title holder. “Its not about the 13 weeks (until Povetkin)… Its more about my skill-set, and improve and adapt my style.”
In the year that Joshua has been champion, he admits that in the beginning it was about “having fun,” but now with Povetkin on September 22nd, and the potential of Deontay Wilder this April, it’s time to get “serious.”
“Now, I understand that its not just about having fun with it, its about owning my territory. So, we’re about to have a huge change in my mindset.” – Anthony Joshua
As Joshua’s eye turns towards his next two fights, ring announcer Michael Buffer, feels that Joshua should avoid looking past Povetkin.
“Alexander Povetkin is a very, very formidable opponent… He’s walking around in-shape and that’s a big point…He’s a qualified heavyweight.” – Michael Buffer
When asked about his opponent on September 22nd, Joshua agreed that “you could never, ever underestimate anyone,” but “I’ve got a winning mindset, so I’ve got to win. That puts that to bed.”
“Now, moving on, my focus is on Deontay Wilder. And that same situation, that I feel with Povetkin is with Wilder. You don’t underestimate anyone.”
Even with Wilder on the horizon, Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller’s name was whispered as a potential opponent for Joshua’s United States debut. On Tuesday, Miller decided to step up and confront Joshua, arriving late to the presser and making a b-line to the unified title holders face.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn, was in the middle of the melee, and understands that Miller needs to rattle the cages to get his shot at Joshua’s belts.
“Joshua was ready to go, Jarrell Miller was ready to go,” Hearn said told FIGHT SPORTS. “We’ve got business to take care of on 22nd of September against Povetkin, hopefully April 13th against Wilder. But, Jarrell Miller is a big fight for Anthony Joshua in the U.S. next year.”
“If Wilder doesn’t want the fight, then Miller is a definite front runner, especially after today. (You also have) Dillian Whyte in a huge fight next week against Joseph Parker, its exciting times.”