Anthony Joshua: I’m going to attack, put on an explosive show!
IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is promising more of the same as the big punching Brit heads in the first defence of his title at the O2 Arena on Saturday night.
The Olympic gold medallist has defeated all sixteen opponents inside schedule since turning professional following London 2012 and now meets American Dominic Breazeale, who is himself unbeaten in 17 bouts.
“I feel great condition wise, and mentally I’m in a good place. I’ve never felt so relaxed because I just know I’m capable of doing it,” said Joshua.
“I’ve trained weeks and years and it’s just about getting it right on the night of the fight. My tactics and my mind have not let me down so far, so that’s why I don’t want to change anything.”
On the possibility of adding yet another knockout to his record live on Sky Sports Box Office on UK soil and Showtime in the United States, the 26 year-old added: “I’m not putting too much pressure on myself. I’m going to attack the fight the same way I have my last 16 and put on an explosive show. That’s what the Americans love. They like knockouts and I won’t let them down.
“Every fight can be my last fight. As much as I would like to tell you I’m confident and ‘I’m going to do this, I’m going to do that’ I do understand I have to approach this as if it could be my last fight.”
Breazeale, 30, is highly unfancied by bookmakers to rip the red belt away from Joshua following a mediocre win over Amir Mansour in January, in which ‘Trouble’ was dropped to the canvas in the third before scoring a fifth round triumph.