Anthony Joshua, the WBA, WBO and IBO heavyweight world champion, has said his rivals in the division are helping him improve his game.
Joshua’s two biggest rivals in the heavyweight division are fellow Briton, Tyson Fury and American Deontay Wilder.
The WBO titleholder said his rivals are out to “take his head off”.
Joshua, who remains undefeated in 21 fights, told Sky Sports: “People aren’t coming to give me rounds anymore. They don’t say: ‘what do you want me to do?’
“No. They’re coming to take my head off because I’m the hunted. I’ve become the hunted and I’m well aware of that, and it’s made me up my game. This is the reality I live in.”
Fury and WBC champion, Wilder have agreed to fight, and the BBC reports that an announcement on the date is “imminent”.
According to The Daily Telegraph, Fury versus Wilder bout is expected to take place in Las Vegas in early December.
Fury has challenged Joshua on more than one occasion to a fight, but their promoters have failed to reach a common ground in agreeing to terms.
Joshua will fight mandatory challenger, Russia’s Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium on September 22.
“God willing, I beat Povetkin, and hopefully me fighting [the winner of Fury-Wilder] is quite straightforward.
“At the moment, it is like a power struggle in the heavyweight division. Good luck to Fury, Wilder and myself. But when all’s said and done, I won’t be that geezer in the pub telling war stories about ‘I was the lineal champ. I am not that type of geezer. I am focused on my own career and where I am going,” he added.