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Anthony Joshua: To defeat Oleksandr Usyk, I’m relying entirely on my naija power

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Anthony Joshua, a former two-time heavyweight champion, is edging in on his rematch against Oleksandr Usyk on August 20 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and is depending on his “Naija” power.

The British-Nigerian boxer revealed in an exclusive interview with Channels Sports in London that it will be another difficult match, but he is ready to reclaim the titles he lost to Usyk in September of last year.

Joshua answered “absolutely” when asked if he would use his Naija strength in the ring. I won’t let it go now since it’s what brought me here. We’re going to fight to the bitter end.

Oleksandr Usyk defeated Anthony Joshua during the course of 12 rounds on September 25, 2021, in front of 65,000 spectators at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and as a result, the Ukrainian became the new undisputed heavyweight world champion. With the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO titles, he departed the stadium.

Usyk said that the conflict between Russia and Ukraine is on his mind, but that he is a professional and has efforts to accomplish in the coming month.

Usyk the Heavyweight champion said : “I’m very happy to have my opportunity to have a fight in Saudi Arabia – it opens some new horizons. I love to travel the world. Everything I do in my life, the way I live, the way I fight is enjoyment. I’m not fighting for money or recognition. I don’t want to become a great, I’m just doing my job now and will continue to do so while my heart is beating.”

The Right Attitude

Anthony Joshua has now suffered two defeats, and on both occasions, the British fighter was outmatched by a smaller foe. Robert Garcia, the previous champion’s trainer, has helped him get ready for the rematch. He is sure that his fighter can win the title once more if he adopts the proper mentality.

“We must make every effort and devise alternate plans in the event that the first one fails. Usyk is a fantastic fighter; he visited my gym a few times to practice and is a gifted combatant. We will take the necessary steps to succeed come fight night.

The 32-year-old Joshua is aware that facing a formidable foe like Usyk requires the appropriate mindset. He claims there is now less talking and more attention.

I’m focused on achieving my goal, and with God’s help, I’ll succeed in doing so and win the heavyweight world championship three times. I believe that a lot of people could see that things weren’t perfect with Andy Ruiz before to the fight. You need to be tough and resilient; we accept our loss like a man. When I win, I move forward and say “thank you” to everyone. You need to accept defeat while remaining humble when you lose. We kept things going, so I was certain that I could return and do my task.

Who Wants The Money?

It has been revealed that the prize money for this bout would be split 50:50 between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk. The host nation will pay an astonishing $80 million (£65.4 million) for the rematch of the world title battle.

Usyk claims that Joshua is not in it for the money; rather, he wants to reclaim the titles that he lost the previous year and earn back his respect. So, who desires the cash?

Joshua learnt some very important things from the first encounter, and when he was asked what he may have learnt that would help him in the second, he confidently replied, “split his face open.”

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