Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev both came head to head with each other for the first time at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff today.
Both men were respectful in their first meeting and both are clearly looking forward to putting on a good performance in the Welsh Capital next month.
Anthony Joshua, who currently holds the IBF, IBO and WBA world titles, said: “I’m looking forward to expressing a new approach to my boxing style. It’s about finesse but if I need to go to war I will go to war. All I want to do is impress my coach.”
The former Team GB gold medalist also dispelled any concerns about his motivation for this fight after facing Wladmir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium earlier this year.
“I have not taken my foot off the gas since 2008, it’s championship after championship and it’s a privilege to be an ambassador for this sport.
“There will be no vacation of belts I won’t duck anybody even if it means fighting mandatory after mandatory.”
Rob McCracken, who is Anthony Joshua’s trainer, said: “Anthony’s a quick learner. He knows he made mistakes against Klitschko but he will be in superb shape for this fight in Cardiff.
“Pulev is a top fighter and he is in the top three in anyone’s list, he is a hugely experienced amateur and we will leave no stone unturned.”
Meanwhile, Promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed four more additions to the undercard.
Top Welsh talent Joe Cordina will fight for his first title on the card after an impressive start to his professional career while Katie Taylor will fight for her first World Title on the show. Olympians Lawrence Okolie and Joshua Buatsi will also feature.
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