Joshua addresses potential fight with ‘pound for pound number one’ Usyk
In a recent video with JD Sports, Anthony Joshua named cruiserweight Oleksandr Usyk as the pound for pound king.
Ahead of his defence of the heavyweight belts against Alexander Povetkin this weekend, Joshua was asked to name the man he thinks is currently at the helm of boxing.
The Londoner pushed the case for Usyk by stating ‘he has all the belts at the highest of weights’.
A few days prior on a media conference call, Joshua responded to a question on a possible match-up.
“If he moves up correctly, yes. The heavyweights of today’s generation are a different kettle of fish than Muhammad Ali,” said ‘AJ’.
“We used to be clumsy but now our coordination is good. We can punch and we’re strong. So you need to move up at the right stages because it’s not just based on skill.
“But but based on your will and how much you can take.
“If he moves up correctly, I know he’s had a lot of amateur experience. It will be interesting to see how he does,” added the undefeated champion.
Usyk battles Joshua stablemate Tony Bellew on November 10 in Manchester. A victory pushes the Ukrainian closer to the top division.
Should the Joshua v Usyk fight have a chance of coming to fruition, both men have to keep their perfect records.
In Povetkin, Joshua is pitted against a seasoned challenger. A man experienced as an amateur and pro.
The 28 year-old is under no illusions of the task at hand as he discussed sparring for the contest.
“What I’ve learned is that It’s good to have similar styles of my opponent but at the end of the day,” he said.
“Anyone who is throwing punches at me is doing me a favor. The European champion knows the game, a short stocky fighter like Povetkin.
“The main thing with sparring is someone throwing shots at you and learning how to defend whether small or tall. You learn all the time and we’re open to sparring anyone.
On fighting in front of 90,000 people, Joshua added: “Now? It feels normal now. I’ve made it to the world championship. What certain people dream of, I’ve managed to make it my normal. So it doesn’t mean much to me.”
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