With Anthony Joshua's fight against Kevin Johnson this Saturday, British boxing fans tuning in will be looking at arguably the most exciting name in the heavyweight division.
With a 12-0 record, Joshua has dominated in this early part of his career but faces his toughest test yet on Saturday at London's O2 Arena. However, the Olympic gold medalist will have to be on his toes and ready for the toughest battle he has faced since turning professional.
Joshua who hails from Watford is a humble fighter with an excellent personality. He is grounded, level headed and does not believe in his own hype which has been built up since winning his Olympic gold medal in 2012.
When discussing his fight with Johnson, Joshua talks collectively and calmly, surveying the situation which he will find himself in come Saturday night.
In an interview with The Guardian newspaper Joshua remarked of Johnson's belief that he will win the fight: "Let me put myself in Johnson’s shoes. If I do that then the answer is ‘yes’. He will be looking at me as a green novice who has had only 12 fights. He’s going to throw some sneaky lefts which he thinks might shock me. I think he really does believe he has a chance.”
Joshua is in impressive physical shape and has excellent conditioning. However, of his last fights none of his opponents have gone past three rounds with the Englishman. Johnson poses a much tougher test for Joshua as the American has not being stopped in 36 fights.Joshua's power and strong jabs will be his most effective weapons when facing Johnson.
Johnson is typically confident going into the fight. He claimed in his press conference, "Half the fight I'm going to fight with my hands down - he don't have no power! Mark my words - that'll be the way the fight will go. I don't need my hands up. He doesn't have no power to hurt me. Guaranteed."
The Englishman stands at an impressive 6'6" and has the physique of a professional bodybuilder, as he is lean and muscular. Johnson has been attempting to create a rivalry over the past months with Joshua, entering the ring post fight in Birmingham when Joshua knocked out Raphael Zumbano Love.
Johnson's war of words continued by stating, "He (Joshua) is a media hype job and let me tell you this, once this dude is out the way I’m going to show you that the future of the Heavyweight division is right here.” Joshua takes these words on the chin and remains his cool, calm self when quizzed on the matter.
Johnson has fought 227 rounds in his career while Joshua has racked up a toal of only 22. Hence both fighters are in different leagues when it comes to experience. However, Joshua is rightly regarded as one of the most exciting prospects in boxing today and arguably the most exciting heavyweight British boxer since Lennox Lewis.
If Joshua can remain humble and block out the noise from the American's corner he has a fantastic chance. Joshua must stick to his game plan and be prepared for unorthodox punches and tactics from Johnson who's experience will be key for his chances of a win.
Joshua's professional career has been relatively easy and Johnson could be his first real test where he must have his guard up and ready and be able to box cleverly in order to get his thirteenth victory.
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