Joshua eyes heavyweight history

By Daily Sports on October 27, 2017

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Anthony Joshua is relishing the "great responsibility" of attempting to become the first man to hold all four heavyweight world titles.

The 28-year-old IBF and WBA champion faces Carlos Takam at Cardiff's Principality Stadium on Saturday.

A win will fuel talk of unifying the titles with the WBC crown of Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker's WBO version.

"History is a great thing to chase," Britain's Joshua told BBC Sport. "It's very possible and a great challenge."

Asked if timing fights to satisfy all four sanctioning bodies made the task difficult, Joshua replied: "We will find a way to make it happen.

"It's like a diamond in the dirt, the treasure, trying to get that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

"If we can make it happen, I will be up for it, but if not, it's not the end of the world and leaves a record to break for someone else."

Mike Tyson held three heavyweight titles in 1987, before the formation of the WBO.

Since that body was created, no man has held four titles, with Evander Holyfield, Riddick Bowe, James 'Buster' Douglas, Lennox Lewis, Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury all laying claim to three belts at once.

At Thursday's final news conference before his meeting with France's Takam, Joshua stressed he wants to put April's Wembley victory over Klitschko behind him.

"The mindset of a fighter has to be leave that last fight where it was and move on to the next opportunity," said Joshua.

"If I am living off past wins I may as well give up. I can't lose this fight and say 'I won a good one last time'. No one cares," Joshua said.

•Photo shows Anthony Joshua.

Source Daily Sports

Posted October 27, 2017

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