Joshua eyes Tyson v Berbick style win to seal Haye / Fury clashes

Lawrence Lustig

Anthony Joshua is confident that future fights with fellow British heavyweights’ David Haye and Tyson Fury will sit alongside some of the great boxing rivalries from history.

Olympic gold medallist Joshua (15-0, 15 KO) is currently preparing for what he calls ‘his date with destiny’; his shot at IBF world champion Charles Martin which takes place at London’s O2 Arena this Saturday.

Although the relatively inexperienced Joshua knows that there are some potentially huge fights awaiting him if he does manage to overcome the current titlist, he is confident that no stone has been left unturned ahead of this early opportunity in his career.

As World Boxing News participated in a conference call conducted by Showtime Boxing, Joshua said: “I’ve been training for twelve weeks now, sparring 13/14 rounds, pushing myself every day and I’m so confident of getting victory in this fight. Take away the IBF belt and I feel I am the better man.

“The red carpet has been lined out for me and I can only walk down it with the experience that I have. I haven’t got 200 rounds or 50 fights under my belt and although it would be great to have that kind of experience, I still feel great in the position I am in and will make the very most of it.

“Someone’s ‘0’ has to be removed and I’m hungry and determined to get this job done in style. The rewards come with victory and God willing that I win this, I then want to unify the division and be involved in some huge fights,” Joshua continued.

Fights against the returning David Haye and lineal champion Tyson Fury have already been talked about and all parties – including Joshua – seem to be interested in those domestic blockbusters.

“It has to happen down the line and it is a massive deal. When you go back in history, you’ve got Foreman vs Ali, Ali vs Frazier, Tyson vs Holyfield and Holyfield vs Lewis. Victory for me will add fuel to the fire of the Haye and Fury fights and those contests will happen soon enough and can go down in history. I can’t shy away from what is possible.

“I train for harder fights than Martin and I want to go to the level above him. I have learnt from previous champions – especially on how to face a southpaw – and the key is to stay composed. Just remember that I am the challenger and I want to go in and annihilate the champion, much like Mike Tyson once did to Trevor Berbick.

Matt Horan is a lead writer for WBN. Follow on Twitter @mhoran123