Anthony Joshua has pledged to rediscover the aggressive facet of his boxing when he faces Oleksandr Usyk in Saturday’s rematch, dwell and unique on Sky Sports Box Office.
“I wanted to outbox my opponent, whether it was Usyk or anyone else, that was the mindset [in the first fight]. I wanted to outbox my opponent and on Saturday I want to smash my opponent,” Joshua instructed Sky Sports News.
“That’s just the mindset now.”
Joshua acknowledges an action-packed, damaging method had been key for a lot of the early success in his profession.
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“I was amateur for three and a half years and I done a lot in that time and I asked myself how? It wasn’t down to the skill element, because I was outclassed in terms of skill and experience by a lot of my competitors on the world scene, but that aggression,” he mirrored.
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“That will was something that couldn’t be denied. Then as you get more experience you try to develop as a rounded athlete. But ultimately, you can’t take your eye off the factor of what got you to where you are which is, as you said, that aggressiveness.”
In that sense, Joshua will convey again his previous self for this battle with Usyk.
The world heavyweight championship rematch between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua returns to Sky Sports Box Office on August 20
“It’s never really been lost. The path is always there. It’s not like I’m trying to rediscover a path. I always understand where that is. I just tried to be more elusive and add more strings to my bow,” he stated.
“I was focusing more on different things in my career, for example having a better jab, hitting and not getting hit. You’ve got to focus on that aggressive aspect, that competitive spirit and at the end of the day, I don’t give a damn about your jab, I don’t care how good that jab is, I don’t care how good this is. I don’t care how good you are – my competitive spirit will overcome all obstacles.
“That is one thing you need to by no means neglect in your seek for enhancements. Your aggressive nature can take you a good distance.”
Against Usyk this time around, Joshua promises to be back with a vengeance.
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Victory in this rematch would see Joshua recover the WBO, WBA and IBF titles he lost to Usyk in September. But even then he would not consider himself the best heavyweight in the world, not without fighting Tyson Fury.
“Unless he is 100 per cent retired, you’ve got bought to beat Fury as properly,” Joshua told Sky Sports News.
“This is not about Fury, with all due respect. That’s simply my view on that. As it stands you are only a winner, you are a winner on the finish of the day. There’s at all times one other problem on the market.
“Until you retire, you’re always going to be challenged to prove you’re the best in the world. The minute you say you’re the best, is the minute you should pack up. That’s enough on that Tyson Fury situation.”
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Anthony Joshua’s big heavyweight rematch in opposition to Oleksandr Usyk is on Saturday August 20, dwell on Sky Sports Box Office. Book Usyk vs Joshua 2 now!