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Joshua has Lewis in his sights on title trail

By Matt McGeehan

Olympic champion Anthony Joshua hopes his fight with fellow London heavyweight Dillian Whyte tonight is just another step of a glittering career.

The London 2012 gold medallist has 14 knockouts from 14 professional fights and takes on Whyte, who has 13 KOs in 16 bouts and beat Joshua in an amateur contest in October 2009.

Joshua could emulate Lennox Lewis, who won Olympic gold before going on to become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, but he does not wish to get ahead of himself.

"I'd love to go that far (but) I don't want to say 'I'm going to do this'," Joshua said. "But yes, that would be a great path to follow. Whether I am going to do it or not, what the future holds... let me get past Dillian first.

"That'd be the British title, then I can crack on and I'd have two more belts to get, which is the European and then the heavyweight championship of the world. Then I can tell you I've done it and achieved the same as Lennox Lewis. I think the path's really open now. People used to tell me years ago 'the division's wide open'.

"I never got it, but I can really understand what direction it's going in now."

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