When asked about his opponent on September 22nd, Joshua agreed that "you could never, ever underestimate anyone", but "I've got a winning mindset, so I've got to win".
The WBA mandated this opponent because WBC champion Deontay Wilder, who owns the final piece of the puzzle, has not yet agreed an undisputed world heavyweight title fight against Joshua. "In the last two years we've expanded into seven countries across three continents attracting millions of subscribers and creating long-term global partnerships with the best in the industry to bring our fans what they want at an affordable price". "If a person is better than you then work harder, train harder, you don't need to dope". He knows how to slip and throw punches, so I've got to make sure I give him no gaps or openings.
In June, the World Boxing Association ordered Joshua to fight Povetkin (34-1, 24 KOs) or have his title stripped away.
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. I don't want a one-hit fight wonder, then I'm a champion one week and few months later I've lost it because I'm living the life.
Povetkin would rather fight Joshua - probably because he's going to - but thoughts of fighting Wilder cross his mind often.
"Accessibility and flexibility has driven our business to the success we have already enjoyed", he adds.
Promoter Eddie Hearn introduced the first fighters and rising talent signed to Matchroom Boxing USA and announced the opening boxing events from Matchroom Boxing on DAZN (Da Zone), a new sports streaming service launching September 10th at $9.99 a month.
Anthony Joshua was the star name at the press conference in NY on Tuesday afternoon ahead of his fight with Povetkin, but the hope remains that a fight with Deontay Wilder in April is still a possibility. I am enrolled with UKAD and WADA and I pay £30,000 a test.
But Hearn had to go out and sign fighters to fill the American cards.
"I've always done it for fun". Wilder. Holding the historic showdown to determine the first undisputed heavyweight champion of the world in nearly 20 years deserves to be held in the biggest stadium in the U.S. One of the biggest issues in trying make it happen is money.
"I'll slap you. Have some respect".
'Perhaps in the future I will be the campaigner against drugs in boxing.
"This is chapter two for me and Povetkin is the first on my list". But for the moment I'm concentrating on beating Povetkin, who is a good technical boxer and a unsafe puncher'. He loves sport and is a fan of mine who gives me much help.' Hmmm.
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