Joshua vs Takam: Anthony Joshua wants to learn from Mike Tyson
By Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 16/10/17 11:57pm
Anthony Joshua wants to learn Mike Tyson's destructive ring skills as he attempts to become one of the 'most feared' fighters in boxing.
Britain's world heavyweight champion makes the next defence of his titles against Carlos Takam in Cardiff on October 28, live on Sky Sports Box Office, and can stretch his unbeaten record to 20 straight knockouts.
Joshua has been fine tuning his technique under the watchful eye of trainer Robert McCracken and intends to demolish opponents at close quarters in a similar style to Tyson, who was branded the 'baddest man on the planet'.
He told Sky Sports: "I can take people to the trenches and I can turn it into a fight about heart, but I want to show my finesse and Mike Tyson wasn't known for his heart, he was known for his technique, he was known for how great he was on the inside.
That's why I don't call myself the greatest or the most feared fighter, or this or that, because I know I'm going to get to that.
"A lot of fighters aren't known just for being sluggers and stuff. They are known for being great fighters and that's where I'm trying to get to.
"That's why I don't call myself the greatest or the most feared fighter, or this or that, because I know I'm going to get to that. But I know I've got bags of heart and I'm willing to go through it to get to that."
The WBA 'super' and IBF title holder continues to be called out by a growing list of potential opponents, with a unification clash against America's WBC champion Deontay Wilder thought to be the top priority for 'AJ' in 2018.
But Joshua says he does not need to employ the same intimidation tactics as Tyson for his next foe, preferring instead to crush their confidence with his fists.
"People think they can come and beat me," said Joshua. "Mike Tyson broke his opponents before they got in the ring, I break them in the ring."
Watch Anthony Joshua vs Carlos Takam, on October 28 at Cardiff's Principality Stadium, live on Sky Sports Box Office.