- Sets sight on Klitschko
British Anthony Joshua has vowed to beat Cornish next weekend to set a showdown against Wladimir Klitschko and his World heavyweight crowns.
Not one of Big Joshua’s 13 professional opponents have lasted longer than three rounds and the Londoner insists he is not going to waste any time in getting Scotsman Cornish out of the ring at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday.
A victory in their clash for the vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title would put Joshua a step closer to realising his ultimate ambition against Klitschko and he is hopeful of landing that shot before 2016 is out.
Joshua said that Cornish is a threat, like any opponent, but need to get rid of him in order to keep on knocking on the door of world titles.
“I know everyone says you need rounds but they will come. I’ll never try to go in there and drag out a fight, especially in a professional ring. If I can get Cornish out of there in the first minute, I’d love that. That’s what people want to see.
“We’re both big guys, heavy-handed, big guys are clumsy and make mistakes, but if everything goes to plan it shouldn’t be my longest fight. I’ve got to look at him as a threat I need to get out of there ASAP.”
Joshua knows Cornish will be a tougher test than previous opponents but he’s still confident victory No.14 is on its way.
He added: “No one has come at me with much aggression yet, but Cornish will be a bit smarter than that. He’ll come with a bit more character and try to win in style rather than just pure aggression.
Joshua is set to fight Dillian Whyte in December providing he beats Cornish, and Whyte wins on the undercard, and he expects another three to five fights on top of those before getting his shot at Klitschko.
“Klitschko will still be around when I’m ready to fight for a world title. He said he has five more fights in him. A lot of the guys he can fight are mainly up-and-coming so hopefully that will open the door to the guys like myself.
“If I can get past Cornish, then move on to Dillian in December, then next year if I can keep on winning then for sure he will still be around and me and him can get it on.”