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Anthony Joshua: ‘I am looking past Povetkin’ to Wilder

There’s no way he’s really serious, but it’s a good line.

Anthony Joshua v Alexander Povetkin - Press Conference Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Anthony Joshua is probably just talking, he can’t be totally serious, but he says point-blank that he’s “looking past” Alexander Povetkin on September 22 and ahead to a potential 2019 heavyweight unification with Deontay Wilder.

“Me and Wilder is the best fight in the division right now, not me and Povetkin. ... I want the big one, I am looking past Povetkin now. I want the big guns. I am going to walk through Povetkin and for Wilder the date and location is here.”

Joshua (21-0, 20 KO) surely isn’t really looking past Povetkin (34-1, 24 KO), an underdog but a strong and dangerous one. But let’s say he is. That’d be pretty stupid, huh? That’s the kind of thing that gets a guy like Joshua knocked out by a guy like Povetkin.

Anyway, again, I doubt he’s really not taking Povetkin seriously. Joshua’s not actually a dummy and even if he were, his team knows better. Povetkin is a real challenger, good enough to be a live dog if nothing else.

Anything to keep selling the Joshua-Wilder fight we may or may not get, I guess.

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