Unified heavyweight champion of the world, Anthony Joshua has said he’s not leaving anything to chance ahead of his Saturday’s fight with mandatory challenger, Kubrat Pulev.
“I’m ready for war,” he told Sky Sports, Wednesday.
Preparatory for the heavyweight fight, the British-born Nigerian boxer has been given a clean bill of health to face Pulev after testing negative for Covid-19.
The unified champion underwent a test on Tuesday and received confirmation on Wednesday morning that he can face Pulev at The SSE Arena in Wembley.
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn confirmed the news by tweeting: “@anthonyfjoshua and team Covid negative and ready to go!”
Joshua had told Sky Sports that he is mentally prepared for an explosive encounter with his Bulgarian opponent, who has only suffered just one defeat against Wladimir Klitschko in 2014.
“My body is just a vessel that carries my brain so I train my brain more so than my body,” he said.
“I’m ready for war. I’m ready for a fight. The time will come when we go to war. I’m looking forward to that date.
“It’s a privilege to be competing.”
For the first time since boxing’s resumption in the UK, 1,000 fans will be in attendance on Saturday to watch Joshua’s first fight since avenging his defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr.
“How strange? It’s out of my control so I have to keep it normal,” Joshua said about the unique environment that awaits him.
“I like it, it will be intimate. It’s nice for the fans. It is a special occasion to watch a heavyweight championship fight among 1,000 people when normally there would be tens of thousands of people.”