WBA/IBF/WBO World Heavyweifht Champion Anthony Joshua is very confident he would KO undefeated WBC counterpart Deontay Wilder in six rounds.
A potential unification between the two is viewed as the biggest fight in boxing.
Wilder will make a world defense on February 22, in a rematch with Tyson Fury, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
In his November defense, Wilder was down on the scorecards after six rounds – but landed a single punch in the seventh to knock Ortiz out.
Joshua explains that he would become a similar victim, because he take Wilder out before the seventh.
“He wouldn’t be there to do that in the seventh round. I would go in to knock him out. It’s heavyweight against heavyweight, champion against champion,” Joshua told Sky Sports.
“This is a serious fight, so I ain’t going to go in there to try and outbox him for 12 rounds, because of his punching power as well. I’ve got to go in there and take him out. Don’t let him get too comfortable in the ring with me.”
Joshua is not afraid of Wilder’s power – despite the unbeaten puncher knocking out opponents with a single shot on a regular basis.
“Nah, not scary, but I know it’s there,” said Joshua.
“There are certain punches. Some are like concussive, some are stinging and some are like punches where they knock you out with one punch and you’re out for the count. Wilder possesses that kind of power. It’s about eliminating that power and just studying how to deal with it really.”
Joshua is slated to make a defense in the coming months, potentially against IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev. Last month in Saudi Arabia, Joshua reclaimed his world titles with a twelve round unanimous decision in his rematch with Andy Ruiz.