Anthony Joshua says he will not let rival boxer, Dilian Whyte distract him ahead of his title fight this weekend.
The undefeated British boxer will defend his IBF and WBA ‘super’ titles against Carlos Takam on Saturday.
Whyte, a former opponent of Joshua is a notable appearance on the undercard for the fight at The O2.
Asked if Whyte, who he beat in December 2015, might be a distraction Joshua told Sky Sports: “It’s good that he’s performing on the shows that I’m on. I’m not bitter. It gives him a chance to express himself to an American audience, to a bigger audience than just The O2.
“It builds up our grudge match once again. You know me – I’m not shy of a little scrap. Dillian brings that to the table.
“Dillian brings entertaining press conferences. Dillian is waiting patiently in the pipeline.
“I’m learning now that the people I’ve been around are future opponents. Before, it was the other way around.
“Takam has been at a couple of my shows and now I’m fighting him. I helped Wladimir Klitschko get ready for Pulev without any intention of fighting them, at the time.”