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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.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

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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