Anthony Joshua (23-1) has revealed how he would target a ruthless early knockout win over Deontay Wilder (42-0-1) if they finally meet in an undisputed world title fight in 2020.
The rival heavyweight champions hold all four titles between them, with Joshua regaining his WBA ‘Super’, IBF and WBO belts in a rematch win over Andy Ruiz Jr, while Wilder defended his WBC strap with a seventh-round knockout win over Luis Ortiz.
Analysing Wilder’s win over Ortiz, Joshua told Sky Sports: “He wouldn’t be there to do that in the seventh round. I would go in to knock him out. It’s heavyweight against heavyweight, champion against champion.
“This is a serious fight, so I ain’t going to go in there to try and outbox him for 12 rounds, because of his punching power as well. I’ve got to go in there and take him out. Don’t let him get too comfortable in the ring with me.”
Wilder has enhanced his reputation as ‘The Bronze Bomber’ in 2019, blasting aside Dominic Breazeale within a round earlier in the year, although Joshua insists he can defuse the heavy-handed American.
“Nah, not scary, but I know it’s there,” said Joshua, when asked about the threat of Wilder.
“There are certain punches. Some are like concussive, some are stinging and some are like punches where they knock you out with one punch and you’re out for the count.
The Brit added:
“We’ve done it, we’ve unified the division, in the space of 20 odd fights. He’s had 40 odd fights. How come he hasn’t managed to unify the division yet?
“If he’s looking for it, we’re the ones to do it with, and we’re not hard to find. We’ve got a great team behind us, so reach out. Even though there are two at the minute, I’ll let the people decide who they think is the real heavyweight champion right now.