Anthony Joshua is wary of the danger coming his way against Alexander Povetkin on Saturday night.
The 28 year-old puts his lofty position as the best heavyweight on the planet on the line against the dangerous Russian at Wembley Stadium.
With a massive fight against the winner of Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury at stake, Joshua says one punch landing may be enough to end his undisputed dream.
“It’s a possibility that Povetkin could land a sweet left hook to change everything,” said Joshua.
“They understand there’s a whole lot of pressure and you need to be top-minded. It’s not just about your skill anymore, it’s about your will. How much can you handle?
“From a mental aspect, it’s a big fight because there is so much to lose these days. Your credibility, your marketability.
“Look how far these guys have come. It hasn’t been sensational fights every night but now the part in the middle – that struggle – is so easy to forget about. But this is what’s exposed to the world right now.
“I still make mistakes but I have to stay on track, stay strong-minded to see how far I can take it.
“With all the negativity that goes on today’s era. Imagine if I listened to everyone’s opinion, I wouldn’t have gotten here.
“I’m putting my best towards Povetkin because it’s not about me vs. him but about countries and marketability. There’s so much that goes into this and a lot of struggle behind it,” he added.
Joshua is a big favorite to come out victorious and keep a firm grip on his four world title belts in London.
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