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Joshua planning for heavyweight 'legacy' - starting with Povetkin

21 July 2018

"Fight fans in the USA have had to have basic cable, then a premium sports package, and then pay $50 to $70 to watch a fight on PPV and that has not been a good deal", he says.

Joshua and Povetkin are set to fight on September 23 NZT at Wembley Stadium. I don't know how people will see me in the fight but I am sure there will be many respecting me and rooting for me'. His 2016 victory over Eric Molina similarly came with his next opponent Wladimir Klitschko sat ringside, and he said: "I used to concentrate on the opponent and always anxious about what was next". I think, you know, it's probably the two best guys, maybe pound-for-pound, meeting each other in the ring.

Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs), 28, who lives in north London not far from Wembley, says his whole career would be tarnished if he were to ever test positive.

Pacquiao, the only eight-division world champion, scored his first KO win in over nine years after stopping Lucas Matthyse to win the WBA welterweight title.

Russian track and field athletes have also been banned from the 2016 Olympics and the 2018 Winter Games and there are claims of institutionalised doping in all that nation's sports.

But, AJ's not anxious. explaining, "I'm not focusing on losing but if I did, that fight is still big because people know what I'm about".

Joshua shook off Povetkin's brutal knockout of David Price, saying: "Me and Price are different animals".

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I always play well there. "This is my favourite major championship and so it is the best birthday present I could have had". He came within inches of becoming the first player to shoot 59 in the 46-year history of the European Tour.

Still, when it comes down to it, the charismatic Joshua feels the Wilder bout will happen, providing his rival is "realistic" when it comes to negotiations. We have both tested twice already.

Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn on Monday confirmed the fight, which will take place at Wembley Stadium. I was clean a couple of tests before it, and I was cleaned when tested after that. Right before the fight I licked some meldonium or some ostarine to have no affect and be caught with it right before the fight.

The failed test led to his scheduled fight against Deontay Wilder being scrapped before the WBC accepted the explanation that he stopped taking the drug before it was on the banned list that year. "The world champ - that's me".

It will be the third time AJ has fought at Wembley after knocking out Wladimir Klitschko there a year ago and boxing on the undercard of Carl Froch vs George Groves in 2014.

"I'll slap you. Have some respect".

"I used to concentrate on the opponents and I was always worrying about what was next. Firstly focus on Povetkin and you never know what the future holds". I believe I can do that with the advances in sports science.

Joshua planning for heavyweight 'legacy' - starting with Povetkin