Two-time heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, has boasted that he will knockout WBC champion, Deontay Wilder, before the seventh round whenever they fight.
The British-Nigerian boxer reclaimed his WBA, IBF and WBO belts after defeating Andy Ruiz in a rematch last month in Saudi Arabia and is now expected to fight the undefeated American in a grudge match this year.
The timeframe for that bout is, however, dependent on the outcome of the Wilder-Tyson Fury’s fight in February 2020.
But in a recent chat with Sky Sports about Wilder's knockout win over Ortiz, Joshua boasted that he would see off the American who has the best knockout rate in the division (99.7 per cent).
“He wouldn’t be there to do that in the seventh round. I would go in to knock him out. It’s heavyweight against a heavyweight, champion against champion," Joshua said.
“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 expressed his willingness to step into the ring for a unification fight with his 34-year-old rival if he wants while also boasting about holding three of the division’s top belts in just half the number of fights as Deontay.
“We’ve done it, we’ve unified it, in the space of 20 odd fights. He’s had 40 odd fights. How come he hasn’t managed to unify the division yet? If he’s looking for it, we’re the ones to do it with, and we’re not hard to find. We’ve got a great team behind us, so reach out.
“Even though there are two at the minute, I’ll let the people decide who they think is the real heavyweight champion right now. I always say, we’re in the same division, the same era, that fight has to happen.
“We just put on an amazing event. We’re going to do another amazing event god willing in the new year. He can come and be part of history.
"We’re trying to achieve big things in boxing and to add Wilder to my list would be an honour."