Anthony Joshua: It's A Lot Of Pressure; I Can't Afford to Lose

By Keith Idec

Anthony Joshua is honest about his fear of failure.

The unbeaten British superstar admits he often worries about making one costly mistake that’ll take away the celebrated, lucrative career he has built in the United Kingdom. Fighting again before an enormous crowd of roughly 90,000 on Saturday night in London certainly won’t make it any easier to contend with that intense pressure.

“The keys to victory for me in this fight – it’s hard because you know what it’s like when you fight, it’s a lot of pressure,” Joshua told Sky Sports for a story posted to the network’s website Monday. “Ultimately, as much as we think about winning, I think about losing. I can’t afford to lose.”

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The 28-year-old Joshua is a 10-1 favorite to win this scheduled 12-round fight against Alexander Povetkin, the mandatory challenger for his WBA heavyweight title. Russia’s Povetkin is 39 and significantly smaller than him, yet the 6-feet-6, 245-pound Joshua knows the experienced ex-champion can punch and likely realizes he must capitalize on what could be his last heavyweight title fight if he loses to Joshua.

“This fight, the key to victory with me is relaxation, belief, having your energy reserves intact,” Joshua said. “I’m just trying to say I need to be a bit more effective and sharp with my punches in this fight.”

Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) went the distance in his last fight for the first time since he turned pro in October 2013. The IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO champion convincingly defeated New Zealand’s Joseph Parker (24-2, 18 KOs) in their title unification fight March 31 in Cardiff, Wales, but he knows he’ll have to be sharper versus Povetkin (34-1, 24 KOs).

“It’s a difficult fight when you are fighting someone like Povetkin, because it’s like a game of chess,” Joshua said. “Violent chess, because they are waiting for you to make a move, so they can counter you.”

The Joshua-Povetkin fight will headline a card at a packed Wembley Stadium. It’ll be broadcast by Sky Sports Box Office in the United Kingdom and streamed by DAZN in the United States.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Oshio on 09-18-2018

The good thing about this fight is that the whole of Europe and Africa are looking forward to Saturday. That is, two continents including the largest congregation of the black race on earth are following Joshua. Wondering how this makes…

Comment by Wibble on 09-18-2018

[QUOTE=OldTerry;19112688]I don't know how this fight is playing out to the UK boxing fans. Outside of the UK the interest is casual to non-existing. I wonder how this makes Joshua feel?[/QUOTE] He probably goes home and dries his tears with…

Comment by The Westerner on 09-18-2018

[QUOTE=alexguiness;19114833]Sorry, I can't understand anything you have written. If you use English I am happy to discuss my post and your response.[/QUOTE] and your English has taken you really far huh? no bro clap for yourself... u are A CHAMP…

Comment by Introspective on 09-18-2018

[QUOTE=Brainboxz;19114795]like how many of 40 year old has he fought[/QUOTE] Matt skelton, sprott, kevin johnson, takam, povetkin, klitschko. Paul butlin, jason gavern, All late 30s early 40s nearly 10 fights.

Comment by alexguiness on 09-18-2018

[QUOTE=The Westerner;19112681]Bro, i wld rather be this robot than become you who comes here daily to read and comment on his news, u would be put to shame... in case u ave forgotten so easily,parker got flowed twice by the…

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