JOSHUA v CORNISH FOR COMMONWEALTH TITLE
By TOM WATT on July 24 2015
After Lucas Browne relinquished his Heavyweight Commonwealth Title, it was announced that England’s Anthony Joshua would take on Scotland’s Gary Cornish in a fight that will see two of the UK’s hottest undefeated prospects go head to head. Joshua’s rise to prominence off the back of his Olympic Gold triumph has seen the Watford-born fighter notch up thirteen straight KO wins and climb to #3 in the WBC World Rankings but his promoter, Eddie Hearn is being patient as he guides Joshua forward and this fight with Cornish will be Joshua’s toughest test to date.
Cornish hasn’t grown up in the spotlight in the way his heavily-promoted opponent has been but he has steadily built up a record of twenty-one straight victories and won the vacant IBO Intercontinental Title in his last outing against tough Hungarian, Zoltan Csala. Cornish will also offer something different Joshua in that he is a lot taller than many of Joshua’s previous opponents and having pushed for his manager to make the fight, Cornish is quietly confident about his chances in this fight.
“I've sparred top heavyweights, world class. Proper sparring. Going to war. Guys like Tyson Fury and Kubrat Pulev taking it to me - so I've felt power
"I've felt David Price too and they said his punch was the biggest out there. I felt it right on the chin so I don't think Anthony Joshua will be a different experience.
"It's hard to say (what the tactics will be) because it depends what he does on the night. I'll have a game plan and so will he. We'll have to adapt when we're in there. That's the way you look at any fight. We're ready for any style.
"I don't really rate myself - I'll let other people do that. I just turn up to fight. Whoever Tommy Gilmour gets for me, I'll be ready for them. If he told me I had to fight Dereck Chisora the next day, I'd be ready.
"I'm not the sort of person to shout everyone out but when we have a fight put in front of us, we'll be ready for it.
"There's quite a lot of interest where I'm from in Inverness. There's quite a lot of people wanting to come down and I'm sure because it's Scotland v England, that rivalry will be there anyway."
Joshua won’t be short of confidence coming into this one either after demolishing Kevin Johnson in two rounds earlier this year. The Olympic Gold Medalist has performed above and beyond all expectations so far and will looking to continue in that fashion as he goes for his first major belt.
“Two undefeated prospects clashing is what Boxing is all about. Gary wants to test himself to the very limit. Getting the chance to fight for the Commonwealth belt is major for him
“There is no turning back now. I gave myself three years to iron out flaws – I’m ahead of schedule. It is title fights all the way from now on
“I’ll have a 9-10 week camp. I need a live opponent, someone who is going to deliver. We both have the confidence to win the fight and that will bring out the best in me. I hope Gary’s fans travel down as I love the Scottish fans.
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