British heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has disclosed that his upcoming fight with Alexander Povetkin of Russia would give birth to a new chapter in his boxing career.
The IBF, WBO and WBA champion then stated that he still has a decade left in the boxing ring and that he wants to cement his legacy.
Joshua, who will defend his titles against Povetkin at the Wembley Stadium on September 22, was speaking at a press conference held at the match venue on Wednesday.
In his words, the Watford boxer said: “This is a new chapter in my career.”
“I think I’ve got 10 years left in boxing and I want to cement my legacy.
“Because of science and information I can go on that long. Bernard Hopkins did it. My friend Wladimir Klitschko went on until he was 40, Floyd Mayweather Jr did and I believe I can do it as well.
“It’s not ‘him, him, him’ for me anymore. I have to look at the end goal.
“I feel like I am back in a tournament like it was in the amateurs or the Olympics. I have to get past people like Povetkin to fulfil my legacy.” He added.
On a potential fight with WBC holder Deontay Wilder of the United States, the 28-year-old said: “There seems there’s always a lot going on around my fights, noise about who is next.”
“I try to deal with these things. I’ve been fighting ten years now and I’ve always done it for fun. Now I’m dead serious about this business and this is chapter two for me and Povetkin is first on my list.” He concluded.
2012 Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua has won 20 of his 21 fights on technical knockout and is undefeated ahead of his boxing duel with 2004 Olympic champion Povetkin.
The Russian has won 24 of his 35 matches on technical knockout in addition to tasting defeat just once against former Ukrainian boxing Wladimir Klitschko.