British heavyweight boxing challenger Anthony Joshua is pictured during a press conference in Diriyah in the Saudi capital Riyadh, on Wednesday, ahead of the upcoming “Clash on the Dunes” on Saturday.
Unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua 23- 1 ( 21) says he not looking past mandatory contender Kubrat Pulev 28- 1 (14 ) although he concedes his primary focus is a unification bout with WBC champion Tyson Fury 30 – 0 – 1 ( 21).
“ I’ m working towards beating Tyson Fury, whether the bookmakers , believers or doubters want to be with me or not, I have to believe it .
I am working towards beating Tyson Fury , ” the 30- year – old WBA , WBO and IBF champion told DAZN .
“ It’ s in a way overlooking Pulev , but I’ ve gotta look through Pulev because I’ m gonna walk through Pulev .
“That’ s the mindset . I’ ve gotta walk through him .
When it comes to Pulev , he ain ’ t on my level .
I want the boys at the top .
“ I ain ’ t worried about the boys , you know , around me .
I’ m walking through them all, and that’ s the mindset that we have to have as fighters . ”
Joshua suffered a setback last June when he was upset by underdog Andy Ruiz Jr in seven rounds at New York ’ s Madison Square Garden before reversing the result in Saudi Arabia in December .
“ I’ m looking at Tyson Fury like I’ m gonna walk through him as well , because I had my issue last year , I got through it and I wanna correct it , ” Joshua said .
“ And I told you like people don’ t know what that does for a fighter mentally, when he loses in front of the world, and what it takes to come back .
“ And , you know , having this time to reflect has been a blessing in disguise .
It’ s been a blessing in disguise , so we’ ll see what the future holds.
When Tyson Fury is ready , I will not turn down that fight .
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