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Demsey McKean in the box seat to face Anthony Joshua on April 1

Anthony Joshua and Demsey McKean

Little-known Australian southpaw Demsey ‘The Tower of Terror’ McKean 22-0 (14) is widely tipped to be the man standing across the ring from former two-time unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua 24-3 (22) on April 1.

It won’t be the first time the 32-year-old from Ipswich in Queensland has traded leather with Joshua. McKean was used as a sparring partner for Joshua, 33, ahead of his first bout against Oleksandr Usyk 20-0 (13) in September 2021.

Joshua lost a unanimous decision in that fight and was held to a split decision loss in their return bout.

With more than two years without a win, Joshua is in a rebuilding phase of his career and McKean seems to fit the bill perfectly. Untested at the upper level, he is currently ranked number 11 by the IBF and number 10 by the WBO.

“We are one of the frontrunners for a possible opponent for Anthony Joshua,” McKean told Sky Sports.

“I could be (the man to retire Joshua) and I am very confident I can do that. But don’t get me wrong, there is still more fights for AJ. If he loses to me, a top-10 heavyweight as well, that shouldn’t be the end.

“People probably don’t give him the credit he deserves, what he has done for the heavyweight game. He has brought a lot of eyes and money into the heavyweight division.

“He is probably the biggest name in boxing, everyone is after him, including me. It is the name to have on your resume. There are still fights to be made and people are still going to pay to watch those fights. But three losses in a row, does he need to keep doing this? He is well set up now.

“He probably still has his doubts. He still doubts himself a lot, I know that. But who wouldn’t when they are at the top, in the limelight and cop a lot of criticism. There are a lot of factors but I have the skills to (retire him) for sure.”

Although the fight hasn’t been signed off on yet, McKean is confident it will happen.

“I feel confident if that fight goes through,” he said. “The only doubt I have is that he doesn’t want to fight a southpaw.

“It would be a shame. I have been on the brink of some very big fights myself. I have come close to fighting Dillian Whyte as well. I think it is sad that some of the elite boxers in the world pick and choose who they fight. We would not have had this back in the old days.

“Even with Tyson Fury a few years ago, when his fight fell through with Deontay Wilder and he was looking for a last-minute replacement. And again it came down to not wanting to fight a southpaw.

“The world has gone mad and all these so-called champion boxers don’t want to fight a southpaw. Let’s hope he (Joshua mans up) and fights this time.

“I have been sparing with him for years, I have been in his camp twice. He knows it is going to be a hard fight, by the rounds I give these guys.

“He is a smooth operator, there aren’t too many who move like him. His size is an advantage and disadvantage for him.”