Fear Of Failure Haunts Joshua
Heading into a 90,000-seat stadium with all his world titles on the line, Anthony Joshua admits that the fear of failure is hard to ignore.
Joshua squares off against Alexander Povetkin on September 22nd at Wembley Stadium, and the WBA, IBF, and WBO titlist puts those belts, his undefeated streak, and a chance at unifying against Deontay Wilder on the line against the hard-hitting Russian.
“The keys to victory for me in this fight – it’s hard because you know what it’s like when you fight, it’s a lot of pressure,” Joshua told Sky Sports.
“Ultimately as much as we think about winning, I think about losing. I can’t afford to lose.
“This fight, the key to victory with me is relaxation, belief, having your energy reserves intact. I’m just trying to say I need to be a bit more effective, and sharp with my punches in this
“It’s a difficult fight when you are fighting someone like Povetkin, because it’s like a game of chess,” said the former Olympic champion about his opponent.
“Violent chess, because they are waiting for you to make a move, so they can counter you.
“It’s the person taking punches that loses energy. It isn’t the one dishing out the punches so much, it’s the one who keeps on taking the impact.”
“No-one could ever say, Joshua can box,” he said of various criticisms on his ability heading into his last fight against Joseph Parker. “They can say he’s a king of destruction, he can fight, he can knock people out.
“It looked so easy after 16 fights, but they could never say I boxed, so after this fight, I knew that no-one could tell me nothing.
“This fight honestly, hand on heart, was showing at a championship level, I can outmaneuver and out-think a fighter like Joseph Parker.”
Initial Report: Sky Sports