I would rather lose than dope, says Anthony Joshua

Ross Houston
July 22, 2018

The failed test led to his scheduled fight against Deontay Wilder being scrapped before the WBC accepted the explanation that he stopped taking the drug before it was on the banned list that year. Future opponent Wladimir Klitschko got a good look at the fight, too: the heavyweight champ was sitting ringside for the bout.

The platform is showcasing a blockbuster title fight between heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua and Alexander "The Russian Warrior" Povetkin on September 22 in London as one of the marquee events for the platform's first month.

The 38-year-old Povetkin twice tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs during an eight-month period in 2016, but he has continued to fight and earned the status of mandatory challenger to Joshua, the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion.

"No, the reason why we're not getting Wilder is he refused to sign the contract on the terms he agreed", Hearn said. That's what we do as fighters.

Bookmakers are convinced that Joshua will be more than capable of defending his title and he is already rated at 1/10 with Povetkin as long as 5/1.

Still, when it comes down to it, the charismatic Joshua feels the Wilder bout will happen, providing his rival is "realistic" when it comes to negotiations.

"Hes one of the best fighters I will face on my record". "Eddie Hearn is not a guy that you can trust, it's just point blank and period about that".

"Listen Britain - you've seen fake models. We did everything, we did everything".

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From his perspective, after making a meteoric rise in recent years to become the sport's biggest global star, wasting time with words is below him.

Joshua was present to promote his upcoming title defence against Alexander Povetkin at Wembley and it was during that pair's fairly cordial face-off that Miller piped up.

"Povetkin is a serious challenge that I will prepare meticulously for".

Even there, he couldn't escape talk of the heavyweight he isn't fighting. I don't want a one-hit fight wonder, then I'm a champion one week and few months later I've lost it because I'm living the life.

"First of all, I have been cleared of that suspension, I have been justified, and the court case that was ongoing with the team of Wilder has finished in our favour", Povetkin told reporters.

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