Anthony Joshua says he has suffered no adverse effects from his recent knee injury and is ready for sparring as he builds towards his delayed clash with Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev later this year.

The WBA Super, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion was pictured hobbling on crutches in June, but says he has now recovered and embarked on full training for his fight with IBF mandatory challenger Pulev.

“The knee is as good as it can be,” Joshua toldSky Sports. “I am in full training. I didn’t stop training even when I had the knee [problem].

“I’m sure many of my social media followers saw me on the heavy bag sitting down. I’m standing up now.

“I’m on two feet and I’m sure we can start sparring, so I’ll be looking for some sparring partners in about a week or two to start training camp.”

Joshua-Pulev was originally scheduled for the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in June, but was postponed after the Covid-19 Pandemic swept Britain and the world. The bout will be rescheduled at a new venue later this year.

A two-fight series between Joshua and WBC champion Tyson Fury is looming in 2021.