Joshua would go for early KO win over Wilder

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An­thony joshua has re­vealed how he would tar­get a ruth­less early knock­out win over Deon­tay Wilder if they fi­nally meet in an undis­puted world ti­tle fight in 2020.

The ri­val heavy­weight cham­pi­ons hold all four ti­tles be­tween them, with joshua re­gain­ing his WBA ‘Su­per’, IBF and WBO belts in a re­match win over Andy Ruiz jr, while Wilder de­fended his WBC strap with a sev­enth-round knock­out win over Luis Or­tiz.

joshua pro­duced a mas­ter­ful dis­play of back-foot box­ing to de­feat Ruiz jr on points in Saudi Ara­bia, but in­sists he would em­ploy a far more ag­gres­sive style to pre­vent Wilder from find­ing the range for his de­struc­tive right hand.

Analysing Wilder’s win over Or­tiz, joshua told Sky Sports, “He wouldn’t be there to do that in the sev­enth round. I would go in to knock him out. It’s heavy­weight against heavy­weight, cham­pion against cham­pion.

“This is a se­ri­ous fight, so I ain’t go­ing to go in there to try and out­box him for 12 rounds, be­cause of his punch­ing power as well. I’ve got to go in there and take him out. Don’t let him get too com­fort­able in the ring with me.”

Wilder has en­hanced his rep­u­ta­tion as ‘The Bronze Bomber’ in 2019, blast­ing aside Do­minic Breazeale within a round ear­lier in the year, although joshua in­sists he can defuse the heavy-handed Amer­i­can.

“not scary, but I know it’s there,” said joshua, when asked about the threat of Wilder.

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