Former World Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua has reacted to his 26th Career win, a knockout of Robert Helenius on Saturday August 12, 2023.
Anglo-Nigerian pugilist Anthony Joshua said he no longer feels under any form of pressure, one that comes with being a World Champion, after a win at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday night.
Robert Helenius stepped in as a hurriedly fixed opponent after his supposed opponent Dillan Whyte returned adverse analytic findings in the pre-fight anti-doping protocols.
That left Joshua looking for a replacement opponent at just a week’s notice and Helenius moments after he had taken a three-round victory over Mika Mielonen last weekend in Finland made himself available for this fight.
A thunderous seventh-round knockout of opponent Robert Helenius has left Joshua looking forward to more wins when he faces long-term rival Deontay Wilder.
” I don’t feel pressure any more. Remember I am not a heavyweight champion, I leave that to the other guys. I am just a contender trying to make my way, ” Anthony Joshua said after his latest fight.
“Any time is a good time to fight. It could have been Wilder eight years ago or Wilder now. It don’t matter,” Joshua insisted.
“It is only a fight and boxing wins so roll on really. There is no worry to me when it is.
“I am just happy we can get the fight going and I think people appreciate that I am doing my best to keep heavyweight boxing on the map.
“Yeah, we’re carrying heavyweight boxing. I have believed that for years I have played my part in bringing entertainment to heavyweight boxing.
“That is why you are asking about the Wilder fight. I am not comparing what it could have been, I’m just happy that we’re getting this fight under way potentially soon because it does great for boxing I think.
We’ll look back in years to come and think, ‘look at that era, that guy fought everyone,’ and that’s what is important. Not protecting you zero. It is about fighting the best and giving your best.” he concluded.