Anthony Joshua wants to finish Jason Gavern quickly

But doesn't mind fighting a few rounds

Last Updated: 03/04/15 4:02pm

Anthony Joshua wants to beat Jason Gaven and 'look good' doing it when the heavyweights clash in Newcastle.
Anthony Joshua wants to beat Jason Gaven and 'look good' doing it when the heavyweights clash in Newcastle.

Anthony Joshua wants to stop Jason Gavern early - but wouldn't mind if his veteran opponent lasts a few rounds.

The heavyweight prospect makes his anticipated return from a back injury in Newcastle this weekend, live on Sky Sports, against the 37-year-old Gavern (26-19-4).

Joshua is already scheduled to fight Kevin Johnson at the O2 Arena in London next month so hopes for a short outing against Gavern, although he wouldn't mind giving the Newcastle crowd value for money.

"Saturday night, if I get the ring rust off and start the ball rolling, May 30 will be an explosive night in the O2," he told Ringside.

"All is takes is one punch so I’ve got to be on my 'A' game. It’s not a problem if I get the rounds under my belt and it’s not a problem if I hurt him and get him out, looking good doing it.

"He's a very awkward opponent but I feel like I can go in and get the victory but it’s about looking good and how I do it. I’m glad to get the ball rolling."

The experienced visitor insists he can challenge Joshua's perfect professional record on Saturday night.

"I’ve taken more than 10 fights on a week’s notice and I’ve done very well in them," Gavern said. "This is the fight game - the bell rings and let’s go.

"It’s about opportunity. One punch can change your whole career, it can change everything about you. Just imagine if I beat Joshua and knock him out in the first round, what happens then?"