Anthony Joshua will bid to turn out to be a three-time heavyweight champion when he tries to avenge his defeat to Oleksandr Usyk on August 20; Joshua and Usyk held a press convention in Jeddah on Tuesday to announce their rematch
By John Dennen
Tuesday 21 June 2022 20:32, UK
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Anthony Joshua confronted Oleksandr Usyk for the primary time since dropping his heavyweight titles final 12 months when the 2 boxers met at a press convention on Tuesday to announce their August 20 rematch in Saudi Arabia.
The 2 fighters went face to face on the stage. It was an prolonged face off with neither man keen to interrupt away from their first staredown for the reason that struggle.
Usyk tormented Joshua over 12 rounds in September on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London at hand the Watford heavyweight a unanimous resolution loss and the second defeat of his skilled profession.
Neither has boxed since however they are going to struggle a rematch this summer time in Saudi Arabia with Joshua underneath strain to reclaim the unified WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles and recapture his place within the division.
Each Joshua and Usyk gained gold medals on the 2012 Olympic Video games in London. Ukraine’s Usyk went on to turn out to be the undisputed champion at cruiserweight. Towards Joshua he proved that he may deal with a number one heavyweight and is now thought-about among the finest pound-for-pound fighters on the earth at present.
However the Briton is adamant that he has discovered from their first struggle and can make the required modifications to win second time round.
“God keen I will carry out and I will turn out to be three-time heavyweight champion of the world,” Joshua mentioned.
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“The nice factor is I’ve received a second probability. What received me into boxing within the first place – after I was a teen I received in a bit of little bit of bother each every so often and I used to be blessed with a second probability and I discovered boxing. And I took it with each arms. So if you already know me and a variety of my story, you already know I am the comeback king.
“You possibly can put me down. However it’s tough to maintain me down.”
Usyk, measured in his method as all the time, calmly mentioned, “As everyone knows we’re not in the very best situation in the intervening time again at house [in Ukraine] however we’re doing what we now have to do. We’re doing our job. Along with my crew we’re working laborious to attain our targets. I by no means made some very loud and vivid speeches. All I did was I simply labored laborious in my coaching camp and in my fitness center. That is what I will do till the date of the struggle after which I’ll enter the ring and can make you proud of my boxing.”
Joshua did reverse his first skilled loss when he outpointed Andy Ruiz in one other Saudi Arabian rematch in 2019. However he acknowledges he must change his techniques for this August bout with Usyk.
To that finish he has introduced in a brand new coach, Robert Garcia to hitch Angel Fernandez in his nook. “Typically in case you preserve issues easy you possibly can obtain nice issues,” he mentioned. “Robert’s been nice within the camp.
“Positively the starvation’s nonetheless there.”
“Blips occur, issues occur in life,” he added. “We’re nonetheless on the street, nonetheless on the street to undisputed for positive.”
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The American insists Joshua might be a special fighter by the point he enters the ring for the rematch. “I see a special Anthony now. The way in which he thinks, the best way he talks, the whole lot he is practising, the whole lot he is doing within the fitness center,” Garcia mentioned.
“I believe he fought the improper struggle [before against Usyk] and that is the previous. That occurred already. Usyk was the higher man. Congratulations to him however come August 20 we will do no matter it takes to win these titles. I do know he can do it. He is the larger man, the stronger man, he is received the attain benefit so we will make the most of all that and are available that day I believe indubitably we will have a three-time heavyweight champion of the world.”
As a crew Garcia says they’re extremely motivated. “I would like my first heavyweight champion of the world. I’ve had 14 world champions. He might be my fifteenth however he might be my first heavyweight champion of the world and that is huge, huge for me too,” he added.
“We have got to be ready for the whole lot. Usyk is a superb fighter. He is received abilities, he is received reflexes, he is received accuracy, he is received the whole lot. However I believe Anthony has all of the instruments to beat him.”
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Originally posted 2022-10-01 16:15:13.