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Doping is worse than losing, says Anthony Joshua

Doping is worse than losing, says Anthony Joshua

Joshua was present to promote his upcoming title defence against Alexander Povetkin at Wembley and it was during that pair's fairly cordial face-off that Miller piped up.

Joshua has taken the Povetkin fight after failing to agree a deal with WBC champion Deontay Wilder, who offered Joshua $50m to fight in the United States, but the Joshua camp wanted the bout in the UK. We were trying to get the deal done, as you can see. From his perspective, after making a meteoric rise in recent years to become the sport's biggest global star, wasting time with words is below him. "But ultimately, the fans need to get what they deserve - and that's a fight".

The Russian maintains he is innocent, but the 28-year-old Joshua - perhaps the world's highest-profile fighter - said: "I would never be able to box again because I would be made an example of". They said it is for gaining muscle; I only weighed 100kg for that fight.

If Anthony Joshua had a choice, one of Alexander Povetkin's promoters is certain he wouldn't have picked Povetkin as his next opponent.

Joshua agrees that Wilder is the only name in his plans for April.

"Yeah, definitely (fighting in U.S.)", Joshua tells Sporting News. "You're late. No respect". Povetkin is the mandatory challenger for Joshua's WBA title and a successful bout against the Russian would give the London 2012 Olympic champion greater freedom to choose his next opponent. Unfortunately there was a time scale and it didn't happen so I have a mandatory fight.

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"People should never underestimate a fighter if he doesn't have a big social media fanbase". Joshua took the discussion even further. He'll get what he deserves, but he just needs to be realistic.

Wilder thinks Joshua would rather fight Povetkin anyway because he's not ready to compete against the best.

Promoter Eddie Hearn and Anthony Joshua were in NY this week (Picture: Getty Images for DAZN)What channel will it be shown on?

Unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is the biggest draw in boxing.

"Anyone is welcome to come and get the smoke". "I can't express how much I mean by that when I say we've done everything day and night, day and night, day and night".

The heavyweight champion told Sky Sports: 'It is not just about Povetkin and Wilder, it's me and my legacy and what I can reach.'I feel like I am back in a tournament like it was in the amateurs or the Olympics. Wilder. Holding the historic showdown to determine the first undisputed heavyweight champion of the world in nearly 20 years deserves to be held in the biggest stadium in the U.S. One of the biggest issues in trying make it happen is money.


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