Joshua: I’m the Guy To Beat Klitschko
Anthony Joshua will defend his IBF world title on Saturday, but it is hard to not look ahead to the future. If Joshua is successful against Eric Molina, he will fight former heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko in April. Joshua is focused on beating Molina in style to prove that he has the skills to defeat Klitschko.
Joshua, 27, faces Molina at the Manchester Arena on Dec. 10, and if he wins then April 29 has already been pegged for the super-fight between Joshua and Klitschko for the WBA title.
"I’m the guy that should beat Klitschko, so I have to make sure I perform like the guy who should beat Klitschko," Joshua said during an open workout this week. "Even though I’m not fighting him (on Saturday), I have to look good."
Other heavyweights have been vying for a spot at Joshua, including another Brit, David Haye. Haye fights Tony Bellew in March, and has been trashing Joshua in the media with a promise of an early knockout if they two were to fight.
Joshua responded by saying he is more impressed with Haye’s mouth than with his fighting ability. If he does emerge victorious from a super-fight with Klitschko, Joshua has his sights set on a more dangerous heavyweight than Haye.
"The issue with a lot of boxers is that they are known for talking, not known for boxing," Joshua said. "I try to keep (things relevant for what I do in the ring. That is why I don’t really buy into the talk.
"I know I’ll fight one for (title) if I get past Molina, and then it is if Deontay Wilder wants to fight after that sometime."