Is Anthony Joshua boxing's next great heavyweight?

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April 29, 2017
British boxer Anthony Joshua (center left) and Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko take part in their weigh-in at Wembley Arena in London, yesterday. They are due to fight for Joshua's IBF and the vacant WBA Super World/IBO heavyweight titles today at Wembley stadium in London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

LONDON, England (AP):

Anthony Joshua has the weight of a country on his shoulders, and a fighter with true heavyweight pedigree in the ring across from him.

Add to that 90,000 screaming fans watching outdoors at Wembley Stadium, and there's plenty of potential trouble for a fighter born the same year that Wladimir Klitschko began boxing.

The fact Joshua is taking it so all so calmly says a lot about his chances of becoming boxing's next biggest thing.

"It's not complicated," Joshua said. "It's not rocket science. I'll win."

eagerly anticipating

Just five years after winning the heavyweight gold at the London Olympics, Joshua meets Klitschko in a classic matchup that has boxing fans eagerly anticipating what could be the future of the heavyweight division.

It's youth against experience, ring savvy against speed and pure power. It's also the biggest heavyweight fight in more than a decade, a bout so attractive that not one, but two, U.S. television networks are broadcasting it.

Another fighter might be caught up in the moment. Joshua just seems to be enjoying it along with the promise of many to come.

"It's just me and another man coming to blows and the best man will win," the British fighter said. "April 29th is just another stepping stone to greatness."

Oddsmakers believe that to be true, making Joshua a 2-1 favorite in the third defense of his piece of the heavyweight title. Only 18 fights into his pro career all won by knockout Joshua is already a huge star in his native land and potentially on the fast track to the greatness he aspires to.

"I think it's just destiny," Joshua said. "I'm meant for this. I'm built for this."

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