‘I want to beat my opponent’: Anthony Joshua vows to bring aggression back to his boxing as he tries to win back his titles against Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday night
- Anthony Joshua lost his World Cup belt for the second time last year
- He gets the chance to win them back in a rematch with Oleksandr Usyk
- Another title is at stake after Tyson Fury leaves the Ring Magazine belt
- Joshua tries to get the ‘aggressive aspect’ back in his boxing
Anthony Joshua wants to bring the ‘aggressive aspect’ back to the forefront of his boxing as he prepares for a rematch against Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday night.
Usyk stripped Joshua of his World Heavyweight Championship titles when he defeated the Briton by unanimous decision last December.
There will be an additional belt up for grabs on Saturday after Tyson Fury vacated the Ring Magazine title earlier this month.
Anthony Joshua takes on Oleksandr Usyk in a rematch in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night
‘I wanted to outbox my opponent, whether it was Usyk or someone else, that was the mentality [in the first fight]Joshua told Sky Sports.
“I wanted to outbox my opponent and on Saturday I want to beat my opponent.
‘I have been an amateur for three and a half years and have done a lot in that time and I wondered how? It wasn’t the skill element, as I was outclassed by many of my competitors on the world stage in skill and experience.”
The boxer went on to explain how he had sometimes taken a too technical approach and not focused enough on what had initially made him successful. He said: ‘As you get more experience, you try to develop as a round athlete. But in the end you can’t take your eyes off the factor that got you where you are, namely that aggressiveness.’
Usyk won Joshua’s titles after beating him unanimously last September
“It’s not like I’m trying to rediscover a path. I always understand where that is. I was just trying to be more elusive and add more strings to my bow.
‘In my career I focused more on other things, for example having a better shot, hitting and not being hit.’
Joshua continued: ‘You have to focus on that aggressive aspect, that competitive spirit and at the end of the day I don’t care how your shot is, I don’t care how good that shot is. no matter how good this is. I don’t care how good you are – my competitive spirit will overcome all obstacles.
‘You should never neglect that in your search for improvements. You come a long way with your competitive character.’
Ring Magazine Title Will Be Available After Tyson Fury Leaves It
Joshua ended up touching on Tyson Fury’s recent title break and retirement announcement, saying: ‘Unless he’s 100 percent retired, you’ve got to beat Fury too [to be the best heavyweight in the world].
“This isn’t about Fury, with all due respect. That’s just my view on it. As it stands you are just a winner, you are a winner at the end of the day. There is always another challenge.
“Until you retire, you will always be challenged to prove that you are the best in the world. The moment you say you are the best is the moment you have to pack. That’s enough about the Tyson Fury situation.”