Anthony Joshua plans to watch footage of heavyweight legends fighting at Madison Square Garden before defending his IBF, WBA and WBO belts there against Andy Ruiz Jr.
The 29-year-old, who makes his United States debut at boxing’s most iconic venue on Saturday evening, is relishing the fact Muhammad Ali, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis and Joe Frazier have fought there before him.
Joshua has often studied those who came before him, which might even mean watching The Fight of the Century between Ali and Frazier in 1971 from the changing room inside the venue where that memorable night took place.
“I’ll definitely use it as inspiration,” he said.
“I’ll watch their videos on the day; maybe in the changing room, just to feel like I’m not the only one doing this.
“Others have done it before me, so that’s the inspiration I’ll take.
“I always watch different fights; the Riddick Bowe and Andrew Golota fight’s a good one to watch (as well).
“It’s big business, it’s a blessing to be here. What can I say? I’ve got to get the win.
“The people who lose and don’t perform don’t go down in history, so I’ve got to go out there and get the job done.
“Ruiz is a good fighter. He’s not worried about the feelings and emotions.
“He’ll get in there, do what he does best, and try and beat me. That’s the main thing he’s going to try. I’m going to be in his way so it’s training and going to war.”
Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr: What time are the weigh-ins?
The weigh-ins for Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr takes place later today.
This will happen at 8.30pm in the UK (3.30pm local time) at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Fans will be able to watch the event live on Sky Sports Main Event.
Existing customers can also stream the action through the Sky Go app.