Joshua Battled Flu Before Povetkin

Anthony Joshua almost lost before he walked into Wembley Stadium last Saturday night, as the WBA, IBF and WBO champion was suffering from the flu prior to facing Alexander Povetkin.

“I felt like a heavy gust of wind could knock you over,” said Joshua. “I felt everything. On my way here, I was thinking I can have one more sleep.

“I thought to myself that I felt this way in training camp and still sparred 15 good rounds, so I’ve got one geezer in.”

Before the end of the first round, a gust of wind by way of a Povetkin left hook, would wobble Joshua and bust open his nose.

With blood pouring from his nose, Joshua would fight back and stop Povetkin in the seventh, but the thought of one punch leading to his first loss, it is what Joshua fears the most..

“I always think about that one punch,” Joshua told the Daily Star.

“Nobody can beat me skill for skill I don’t think. It’s just that one punch, I’d hate that for to be the reason that I lose.”

“I dealt with a puncher,” said Joshua on Povetkin. “I didn’t think he was a puncher at first, I thought ’15 stone, this guy isn’t going to do s***’.

“Then he hit me with that left hook and it was ‘Oh my god, hang on!’. He bucked up my ideas quick.”

“The appeal is losing,” Joshua said at Wembley Stadium. “Who is going to beat me? That’s what it comes down to – who will be the man to beat me?

“That’s all people are interested in. It’s not about my weaknesses, it’s about who will expose my weakness completely.”

“That’s all people are interested in. It’s not about my weaknesses, it’s about who will expose my weakness completely.”

Initial Report: Daily Star

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