Anthony Yeshua adopts a gladiatorial mentality as he prepares to jeopardize his heavyweight World Championship titles.
The Brit will defend his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO belts against the Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in the Wembley Arena on Saturday.
It’s the first time a 31-year-old girl has fought back since she won a rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr. 12 months ago in a unanimous points decision.
I’ve become harder, more ruthless in the past year, Yeshua Podcast told 5 Box live.
In an interview with Mike Costello and Steve Bunce Joshua states that this is the case:
- Learn not to be civilized in the ring;
- Hide his time before every fight with Tyson Fury;
- Beware of threats from Pulev’s cunning customer.
Heavyweight champion Joshua talks to Costello and Bans about anger, Poolev and the fans.
Joshua on the road to invincibility
Joshua also offered his support to British heavyweight Daniel Dubois, who has been criticised for his resignation in the defeat of Joe Joyce.
Dubois was killed on the 28th. November was delayed by Joyce, who had to kneel on the screen due to an eye injury and did not get into the score line.
Fighters past and present said Dubois had stopped, although later it turned out that he had broken his orbital bone.
I reach out to him. If he needs support, call me, said Joshua, who won gold at the London Olympics in 2012.
One day I might need that kind of advice from Lennox Lewis, Frank Bruno and the other guys for me.
Yeshua said that by watching this fight, he consolidated his opinion that he needed a circular view.
It’s not just about knocking down anyone who depends on the power of the punch. It takes work, heart, good chin, skill, determination, he said.
When I watch my last YouTube channel with what I was looking for, you recognize a gladiator mentality.
Looking at it from a distance now, I realize that I need to develop a tougher mentality if I want to make progress in this area.
I’d like to go back and fight Ruiz again because I’d knock him out. Last year I got tougher and more ruthless.
I’ll just wait for my hour of anger – Joshua.
Joshua admits he was surprised when his promoter, Eddie Hearn, announced in June that there was a duel with his British counterpart, Tyson Fury.
Nobody told me. My phone started ringing, Joshua said.
Anger has great potential. In terms of management, in terms of promotion, it goes from top to bottom. Two fights are announced, nothing happens.
Fury signed a contract for a third game with American Deontay Wilder, who won the WBC title in February – although the British said Wilder would never take revenge.
It’s awkward and difficult to know exactly what I’m doing when it comes to him, Joshua added.
Imagine me fighting the Furies three months and two weeks before his fight. That’s the kind of character I’m dealing with.
I’m just gonna waste my time. When he’s done, he’ll know where I am. I’m passionate, I’m heterosexual. I don’t want to be stupid.
If he wants to fight, he knows I will. The more he leaves her, the worse it gets.
Pulev – delicate customer
Joshua was supposed to leave on the 20th. June against Pulev, 39, but the match was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Pulev, the mandatory challenger of the IBF, has been waiting almost three years for a chance to meet Joshua, after a shoulder injury forced him to give up a planned fight for the world championship title in October 2017.
I have to get rid of it. It’s mandatory, he said.
Pulev is a smart customer. It won’t be an easy fight, it’s a banana peel, Joshua said.
I’m on a level where I can’t handle light fights or warm-ups. I need a ride with a couple of spades. It’s not the fight I want. I’d rather warm up early because I’ve been on the road all year.
It’s about staying calm under enormous pressure. If your heart rate wants to go up to 180 beats per minute because I’m under a lot of pressure, it just goes on.
After months of boxing fights behind closed doors as a result of closing measures, up to 1000 fans are expected.
I hope the fight will live up to expectations. I pray I win, because I want to give these thousands of people a night they’ll never forget, he said.