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Joshua reveals key to victory over Povetkin

Anthony Joshua is preparing for the latest defence of his world titles against Andy Ruiz on June 1.

The heavyweight star last defended his WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO against Alexander Povetkin at Wembley last September.

He retained his belt with a 22nd straight professional win, stopping Povetkin in the seventh round after a brutal bout in front of a huge crowd.

Joshua will now head stateside for his US debut against late replacement Ruiz – but his Povetkin win is still fresh in his mind.

He has broken down how he utilised the space of the ring and boxing skill to beat the powerful Russian.

"You've got to look at the ring and the space that you have," Joshua told JD Sport.

"It's a beautiful space, and it's just about maximising it.

"All it is, what we call it is ring generalship.

"What I did (against Povetkin), I looked on the outskirts rather than staying in the middle and fighting his game.

"It may not be going your way for the first 11 rounds, but in the 12th, if you've stuck in there and adapted, all it takes is one punch.

"Make him make a mistake and catch him with one shot.

"Boom, heavyweight champion of the world, just like that."

Now in the final stages of his training camp in Miami ahead of his Madison Square Garden clash, Joshua recently dismissed claims Ruiz will be an easy opponent.

"It's not about what you look like, it's a craft, a skill, and what's in your heart and your head matters in the end,” said Joshua.

"Andy has shown he has all that, he can fight and box, that’s what matters. I think Andy is a great challenger and will bring it on June 1.

"He's keen, he's game and you cannot knock him. He can fight and he's got hands.

"He gave a world champion in Joseph Parker lots of problems, and when you look at the fight the Parker gave Whyte when people are saying Whyte can beat Wilder, Fury and me, Andy is championship level for sure, and I have not underestimated him one bit."

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