Anthony Joshua has warned Kubrat Pulev that “I just want his soul” ahead of next month’s World heavyweight title fight.
Britain’s World champion shared the stage with Pulev at their first press conference ahead of their fight at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on 28 October.
Joshua offered words of respect for his experienced Bulgarian challenger, but is determined to extend his World title reign and issued a chilling warning to Pulev.
“Kubrat Pulev had 300 amateur fights. He’s had near enough 30 professional fights and he lost one to the former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko,” Joshua told Sky Sports News.
“He’s talented, he built himself up to World championship level. He got knocked down, he stayed active, he’s had wins since then – that was his only defeat and now he comes to face me.
“He wants what I have and I just want his soul, so let’s get it on 28 October.”
The unbeaten 27-year-old admits he learned lessons from his dramatic win over Wladimir Klitschko as he climbed off the canvas to halt the former heavyweight king at Wembley in April.
But Joshua insists he is willing to engage in another brutal battle if necessary.
“I was definitely looking forward to Klitschko [rematch]. He’s retired and I wish him well, and my journey doesn’t stop, so this is the next step now, a mandatory challenger,” said Joshua.
“I didn’t want to give up any of these belts. I worked very hard to be in this position, so here we are 28 October.
“I’m standing in the centre circle where the ring will be and I want to go out there and show some finesse and some skill, but if I have to go to war and go to the trenches, let’s go.”
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