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Joshua: My coach tells me I’m rubbish; that there are a lot of people out there who are better than me

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Olympic super heavyweight Gold medal star Anthony Joshua (2-0, 2 KOs) will look to pad his record against Croatian Hrvoje Kisicek (5-6-1, 1 KO) in his third pro outing at the York Hall on Thursday night’s Prizefighter card. Kisicek lasted the full six against fellow British prospect Hughie Fury last month, so Joshua will be looking to one-up Hughie and get a KO.

Although widely hyped, Joshua is realistic about his level. “The only thing I listen to about my prospects is what my coach tells me, and he tells me I am rubbish and I have a lot to work on,” said Joshua. “He tells me I have to keep my feet on the ground, that there are a lot of people out there who are better than me; that is why I need to keep on grafting in the gym. I do appreciate what people are saying about my prospects but it is early doors. I will challenge whoever they put in front of me to my best capability and give it my best behind the scenes so that I can showcase that I have been working hard under the bright lights. One step at a time, I have a long way to go.”

Joshua’s clash with Kisicek takes place between the semi-finals and final of the Team UK vs. Team USA Prizefighter Heavyweights which sees former three-weight IBF king James Toney lead the US quartet alongside Californian Damian Wills, former World Cruiserweight challenger Brian Minto and Florida’s Jason Gavern.

Michael Sprott is aiming to win Prizefighter for the second time and he’s joined in Team UK by Hackney’s Larry Olubamiwo, Milton Keynes’ Matt Legg and Hertfordshire’s Tom Little.

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