Anthony Joshua says Dereck Chisora is 'well above me right now' after being described as the best heavyweight in Britain by Eddie Hearn

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First published in Sport

He has made an impressive start to life as a professional boxer but Olympic champion Anthony Joshua has played down comments from his promoter Eddie Hearn that he is the best heavyweight in Britain.

Joshua’s next fight will be against Argentine Hector Alfredo Avila at the Scottish Exhibition Centre in Glasgow on Saturday.

The fighter, who was raised in Watford and trained at Finchley ABC before turning pro, will hope to put in a convincing performance against the man who went nine rounds with fellow Dereck Chisora last year.

Joshua believes he has made a good start to life as a professional fighter but says he is looking up to Chisora rather than thinking about challenging him.

“It's so far so good in my professional career,” Joshua told skysports.com.

“It’s early days and I can’t complain. I feel like I should be performing the way I am performing at the minute but I’m not getting ahead of myself – I know it’s going to get tougher.

“I think Dereck is well above me right now. I look up to him rather than looking at him as an opponent.”

Joshua has a perfect record as a professional fighter with four wins from four fights, all coming by knock out.

However, the 24-year-old wasn’t completely satisfied with his last performance where he stopped Dorian Darch in Cardiff in two rounds.

“My recent fights have been scheduled for six rounds and when you come out in the first round you want it to be punch-perfect,” he added.

“I’m always trying to build on it fight-by-fight so hopefully the next performance will be better than the last.”

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