Anthony Joshua won't be anything new for Gary Cornish, says the unbeaten Scottish heavyweight
Last Updated: 21/07/15 1:09pm
Gary Cornish does not believe the power of Anthony Joshua will be anything out of the ordinary, having sparred other top heavyweights.
The unbeaten Scot will bid to beat Joshua to the Commonwealth title at London's O2 Arena on September 12 and is unfazed by Joshua's reputation, despite his 13 knockouts inside three rounds in his first 13 professional fights.
Cornish (21-0-KO12), who has stopped four of his last five opponents inside four, said: "I've not really been hurt before. I've been down but they were flash knockdowns.
"I've sparred top heavyweights, world class. Proper sparring. Going to war. Guys like Tyson Fury and Kubrat Pulev taking it to me - so I've felt power.
I've felt David Price too and they said his punch was the biggest out there. I felt it right on the chin so I don't think Anthony Joshua will be a different experience.
"I've felt David Price too and they said his punch was the biggest out there. I felt it right on the chin so I don't think Anthony Joshua will be a different experience.
"It's hard to say (what the tactics will be) because it depends what he does on the night. I'll have a game plan and so will he. We'll have to adapt when we're in there. That's the way you look at any fight. We're ready for any style.
"I don't really rate myself - I'll let other people do that. I just turn up to fight. Whoever Tommy Gilmour gets for me, I'll be ready for them. If he told me I had to fight Dereck Chisora the next day, I'd be ready.
"I'm not the sort of person to shout everyone out but when we have a fight put in front of us, we'll be ready for it.
"There's quite a lot of interest where I'm from in Inverness. There's quite a lot of people wanting to come down and I'm sure because it's Scotland v England, that rivalry will be there anyway."
Cornish turned professional in April 2011, a week after his 24th birthday.
Looking back, the 'Highlander' said: "I wanted to be a footballer. I signed to play professionally for Brora Rangers. I was a striker. I'm actually quite fast on my feet for a big man.
"I started boxing in order to get fit for football because I'd heard it was really good for fitness. I got into sparring and the coach asked me if I wanted a fight. I had my first fight and I just loved it from there. It just took off.
"I switched to boxing quite late. I was about 19 or 20. I had three brothers though. Two of them are as big as me. One of them is a bit smaller but we had some good tear-ups!"