Anthony Joshua wants to do his heavyweight career the hard way
Last Updated: 18/07/14 10:37am
Anthony Joshua does not want to take it easy.
The Olympic gold medallist blew former British, Commonwealth, and European heavyweight champion Matt Skelton away in two rounds, in Liverpool last weekend.
We talk about pressure but this is the fight game and seriously, I love boxing.
It took Joshua's professional record to 7-0 - all of them knockouts - but he wants to move up a level when he returns to action at the start of next season.
"I don't want it easy in my career, I want to learn and do it the hard way," Joshua told Ringside.
"There's great potential out there with other fighters and I will be involved.
"We talk about pressure but this is the fight game and seriously, I love boxing."
Joshua will take on Yaroslav Zavorotnyi in Dublin in August.
The Ukrainian has just been beaten by another British heavyweight, David Price who out-pointed him over 10 rounds and described him as "pretty tough" and "compact" and a "good opponent for Anthony at this stage."
And Joshua himself hopes so - and is already determined to improve his compatriot’s performance and make it eight knockouts out of eight.
"He's been eight rounds with (Kubrat) Pulev and 10 with Price so I am going to go in there and see what I can do," said Joshua.
"I've been getting guys over in good fashion at the minute, but it will be interesting to see how I cope with Zavorotnyi.
"I've got to improve from my last fight and that was take Matt Skelton out in two rounds and believe me I would love to take Zavorotnyi out within what the fight is scheduled for.
"I'm definitely going to hurt him and get him out of there."