The 26-year-old said that while he was going into the ring with an “underdog mentality”, he would “ride the wave of his fans support” to bring the title home.
Tickets for the fight went on sale today (Feb 19) and sold out within 90 seconds, with a further 17,000 people wanting to see the fight, which is the first heavyweight title fight in 16 years on British soil.
“It will be a massive night of entertainment,” Joshua confirmed at the Feb 19 press conference. “Me and Charles Martin are two big guys, both undefeated. Belt to one side, we have two hungry fighters who are not afraid to fight and go to war.”
With a boxing record of 15 fights, 15 wins and 15 KOs, Joshua will head to the ring against the American as an undefeated challenger.Martin, 29, with a record of 24 fights, 23 wins, 1 draw and 21 KOs, has proof he’s a dangerous champion.
“I have to give credit to Charles Martin as well as the heavyweight champion of the world for stating you wanted to fight myself,” Joshua said.
“It will just be another unbelievable night of boxing and I think it will be another game changing night of boxing and something we can all remember and God willing I get the win.”
Asked how he would mentally prepare for the bout, the Olympic Champion said the key was to “take myself away from how big the event is”.
“Luckily the road that was laid out for me when I started boxing was always a fast-track road,” he said. “Even for me going Euro Championships, World Championships and the Olympic Championships, I had to take myself away from how big the event was with so little experience. Luckily it’s the same as the professional.
He added: “I’m here now, same attitude, same ring, different opponent, but the same goal. The objective is to win and capture the rewards at the end of it. And that’s how I’m going to approach the fight. The same way I always do.”
WORDS: Trevor Raymond