No thunder stolen: Joshua on YouTubers, Fury, Povetkin

No thunder stolen: Joshua on YouTubers, Fury, Povetkin
No thunder stolen: Joshua on YouTubers, Fury, Povetkin

I was curious. What did the three-belt heavyweight champion of the world think of the Logan Paul vs KSI fight... two YouTubers on limited training and skill, pretending to be boxers and raking in millions in the process?

I didn't expect Anthony Joshua would be so enthusiastic.

"All credit to them, it was a good scrap, and if it brings a lot of eyes to the sport of boxing then it benefits us all. I'm all for it."

Ok, so what about Tyson Fury managing to agree the fight that AJ couldn't - a bout with the other world champion Deontay Wilder? Surely Fury has stolen his thunder?

No, apparently there's plenty of thunder to go round and he'll fight Wilder eventually.

Anthony Joshua interviewed by Jacquie Beltrao
Image: Joshua says nothing will ever be as fun as boxing

Joshua's immediate challenge is Alexander Povetkin - dangerous, Russian and a two-time doping offender. Some would question the boxing politics that has allowed a cheat back to the top table of the sport so quickly. What does AJ think about that?

"I think it's bad. I don't condone drugs cheats but I don't make the rules. I just have to keep myself clean."

And he's confident his opponent is clean because Povetkin had to sign up to an independent testing programme paid for by the Joshua camp. Both boxers are independently tested so they both know "it's all above board".

It could be his sternest test yet, the 38-year-old is experienced and has just one defeat on his record - Wladimir Klitschko - no disgrace in that.

But the champion doesn't fear failure, although he has given no thought to what he might do after boxing.

"There will be things to do, but nothing will be as fun."

Anthony Joshua interviewed by Jacquie Beltrao
Image: Joshua doesn't want his son Joseph to follow in his footsteps

Even so, AJ doesn't want his son Joseph to be a boxer, although he's happy for him to see his dad fight.

"He has to know what I do and see the struggle."

Well, if he can't follow in dad's footsteps what would he like him to do?

"An accountant - someone good with numbers, crunching numbers." And he laughs his infectious laugh.

More from Anthony Joshua

:: Watch Joshua vs Povetkin, at Wembley Stadium, on 22 September, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Book via your Sky remote or book it online here.

Even if you aren't a Sky TV subscriber you can book and watch it at skysports.com/boxofficelive.

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