Victory is the only thing on Anthony Joshua’s mind as he prepares to face Jermaine Franklin at O2 Arena.
Having lost three of his past five fights (two to Oleksandr Usyk and one to Andy Ruiz) defeat tonight is unthinkable, with the damage to his reputation and career probably terminal. That’s not lost on the former heavyweight champion who insists that he doesn’t care how he wins, he just wants to get his career and bid for another world title back on track.
“It is win by any means necessary. We are just here to do a job,” Joshua said. “I respect my opponent and may the best man win. One thing he said is he started eating right for this camp, well he’s dealing with someone who has been living right from the get go.
“I have been putting in work from the day I started this business. It’s going to be a good fight because he’s up against a real one, for sure.
“The goal is not to make it back to the corner, the goal is to take him out.”
A first win since 2020 for Joshua could open the door for him finally to face fellow Briton Tyson Fury later this summer.
Deontay Wilder and old rival Dillian Whyte have been mooted as potential opponents and the 33-year-old is eager still to dream big during the latter stages of his professional career.
“It’s big, it’s massive. It’s a big fight for me, for sure,” Joshua said. “I respect my opponent fully and respect everything he’s been through and we’re here to rock and roll.
“I respect my supporters as well so I have put in the work, I respect my coach so I want to make sure I get the job done in good finish.”
Stay here for all the pre-fight build up and action with the ringwalks expected from 10.30pm.