Anthony Joshua is plotting to set traps for Joseph Parker on Saturday night, confessing that he is keeping a challenger’s mindset ahead of the showdown.
Joshua revealed this to Skysports in a chat ahead of the fight on Saturday between him and IBF champ, and WBO titlist Parker, which sees both heavyweights put their belts and unbeaten records on the line in Cardiff.
‘AJ’ was reportedly relaxed and focused as he impressed a feverish crowd on Wednesday night, fine-tuning his boxing skills for the final time at the public workout, Skysports reported.
“This is another unbelievable reception, it’s bigger than last time. Boxing is growing, it’s a golden era right now and it’s great to be a part of it.
“I like the interaction part with fans, there are people I want to meet, and a minute of your time means the world to some people and means the world to me,” AJ told the sports channel.
On Parker saying that he is ready for a war, Joshua replied: “Yeah, its good news but it’s silly – it’s boxing.
“I’m hearing that all you need is a good chin and a right hand. We’ve been working on technique, finesse and counter punching.
“I hope Parker falls into my booby traps because I will set them up with some power traps as well. There’ll be a bit of a war.
“You’ll see blood, sweat and hopefully cheers from my corner.”
‘AJ’ admitted that he is still insistent on learning and improving with every fight, despite the fact he is now the hunted man in the division.
“Physically, I’ve always tried to prepare myself the best way, but now I believe more and believe in my ability – I’m focused.
“It’s a boxing match and people respect clinical boxing and that should see me through to victory.
“We are working round by round, camp by camp and every camp I aim to improve. We’ll see the perks I’ve been working on come Saturday.
“You need to keep the challenger’s mindset, I try not to be seen with the belt too much, I let other people have the enjoyment, I have to keep that challenger’s mindset.
“I’m looking forward to this challenge. Just because I’m the hunted, it’s no time to put my feet up and relax. I’m out there defending my throne.”