'I want to cement my legacy': Joshua plans history bid

'I want to cement my legacy': Joshua plans history bid

The enormity of his superstardom matched the sheer scale of the stadium.

He fights Povetkin as a mandatory bout but Wilder is the opponent he wants.

It was Joshua who first strode purposefully onto the Wembley turf (then tore up some pristine and probably expensively-laid blades of grass to let them blow through the wind). When everyone wants it, then there's nothing that could stand in the way of a fight of this magnitude. He was comfortable, he belonged.

Joshua was in NY to promote DAZN - which streams sporting events including his September 22 clash with Povetkin, a fight many people believe could be a trap for the undefeated heavyweight champ.

Last time with Klitschko, the young champion puffed out his chest when the wily veteran symbolically took off his jacket to peacock - this time there was no question about who was guarding their turf, and who was only permitted to visit.

Anthony Joshua declared his fight with Alexander Povetkin is the start of a new chapter in his career and believes he has 10 more years in boxing.

The two men from the east have steely calmness which Joshua respects. He stood front and center, promoting his September 22 bout against Alexander Povetkin.

In June, the World Boxing Association ordered Joshua to fight Povetkin (34-1, 24 KOs) or have his title stripped away.

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Meanwhile, Povetkin was standing off to the side.

"At the end of the day, me and Joshua don't need each other", Wilder said. Perhaps he is right.

The 38-year-old Povetkin twice tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs during an eight-month period in 2016, but he has continued to fight and earned the status of mandatory challenger to Joshua, the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion.

"It's about proving your stock worth". So, what he has said of Anthony Joshua's upcoming fight with Alexander Povetkin is not surprising at all. Ultimately, it will all come down to the fights made and whether the fans feel they are getting value for money, or fobbed off with second rate bouts.

Povetkin isn't the only Russian to have been tarnished by allegations of doping in recent years. I've been fighting for ten years now and I've always done it for fun. "Joshua is more technical, but he also has a lot of power".

"People are attaching names to names but don't back it up", he said.

Joshua and Povetkin posed for pictures together at Wembley Stadium after the press conference and there was no animosity between the pair as they smiled and shook hands.The IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO champion also revealed he has changed his mentality regarding opponents.'I used to concentrate on the opponent and always anxious what was next, ' he added. "(You also have) Dillian Whyte in a huge fight next week against Joseph Parker, its exciting times".

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