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No turning back for Anthony Joshua

UP FOR IT: Anthony Joshua and Gary Cornish (right)

ANTHONY JOSHUA is relishing his upcoming fight with Gary Cornish. The heavyweights clash for the vacant Commonwealth Heavyweight title at The O2 on September 12, live on Sky Sports.

Joshua is in the process of turning The O2 into a hometown fortress having made his debut there back in October 2013 and in his last outing destroying former world title challenger Kevin Johnson in the Greenwich venue in May.

The 25 year old has expressed his affection for Scotland though after receiving a hero’s reception in Glasgow when he boxed there in March 2013, and the Londoner hopes fight fans from north of the border will come and support Cornish – but warned that there will be no stopping his rise to the top.

“There’s no turning back now,” said Joshua. “I thought I would need three years to learn and make mistakes, so I am ahead of schedule. Gary won’t just talk a good game like Kevin Johnson, he’s undefeated and will bring it on the night because he’s got confidence of an unbeaten fighter and he’ll bring the best out of me and I’ll do the same for him.

“The date has given me a chance to recover my body from May 30 and have a nice long camp for September 12, so I expect to be at my explosive best on the night.

“Gary brings the Scottish crowd who are unbelievable and I hope they travel down as it’s going to be a great night.”

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn added: “Its two unbeaten heavyweights and an Englishman versus Scotsman – so this is going to be a great build-up. As Anthony said, Gary won’t just talk about fighting and run.

"Gary believes that this is a 50-50 fight and I expect him to approach the night accordingly, and he’s going to bring passionate fans down with him.”

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