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Anthony Joshua says he would look for knockout against Deontay Wilder

Joshua says he wouldn’t give Wilder a chance to get comfortable with him in the ring.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

With Anthony Joshua back to sporting two major world titles he’s expected to have to make a tough decision with regards to fulfilling his mandatory challenger obligations in his next outing, but still tells Sky Sports that he’s still looking forward to an opportunity to unify titles with Deontay Wilder.

To that end Joshua shares some thoughts on a potential matchup between them, saying Wilder wouldn’t get the chance to stop him in seven rounds like he did Luis Ortiz.

“He wouldn’t be there to do that in the seventh round. I would go in to knock him out. It’s heavyweight against heavyweight, champion against champion.

“This is a serious fight, so I ain’t going to go in there to try and outbox him for 12 rounds, because of his punching power as well. I’ve got to go in there and take him out. Don’t let him get too comfortable in the ring with me.”

Joshua would continue by saying that he’s not scared of Wilder’s punching power, but that he’s aware of it and would just need to study up on dealing with it. Despite that, it doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing a Joshua-Wilder fight anytime soon, with Wilder currently scheduled to rematch Tyson Fury next month and Joshua having to defend his own belts.

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