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Anthony Joshua: ‘The days of me as a prospect are over. I’m at world champion level now’

WORLD CHAMPION LEVEL: Anthony Joshua

WORLD CHAMPION LEVEL: Anthony Joshua

ANTHONY JOSHUA says he could beat IBF world heavyweight champion Charles Martin if the two were to meet up in his next fight on April 9 at the O2 Arena in London.

Martin recently voiced his desire to defeat the unbeaten British and Commonwealth champion and despite the fact Joshua has only had 15 fights, his promoter Eddie Hearn hasn’t ruled the prospect out.

Joshua, 26, said he was flattered at attracting the attention of a world champion at this stage of his career and although the idea of winning may seem improbable to most, the Watford fighter believes he could upset the applecart.

Asked if Martin was beatable now Joshua said emphatically, “yes”.

Sounding a note of caution however, he added: “It’s not so much about me beating Charles Martin, it’s about what he wants for a fight.

“It’s also about what we do after. That will be my sixteenth fight and now I am at world championship level, so the days of Anthony Joshua as a prospect are out of the window.

“I don’t get to build anymore, so it’s a bit tough. Once you’re there, there is no turning back.

“Luckily for me, I am in a position where people want to follow my journey and want to see me develop. But I don’t think world title opportunities come around that easy so at the same time I want to take it but I am also on a development course as well.

“That fight should have come in the next three, four or five fights. But it’s here now as he is calling me out and as I said it’s something I am seriously looking at.”

WORDS: By Joel Campbell

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