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‘Like trying to swat a fly’ – Joshua on challenge of dominating Usyk in rematch

Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk will face off at another press conference today, a week after they met for the first time since their title fight last September.

Usyk took the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight belts from Joshua in London nine months ago, and the Briton will try to regain the gold from the unbeaten Ukrainian in a rematch on 20 August. Last week, the pair spoke at a pre-fight press conference in Saudi Arabia, where their second in-ring meeting will take place. “Definitely the hunger is still there,” Joshua said. “Blips happen, things happen in life, but resilience, mental toughness and consistency will always prevail. We’re still on the road to undisputed, for sure. God willing, I’ll perform and I’ll become three-time heavyweight champion of the world.”

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Usyk, meanwhile, said he will dedicate his performance in the rematch to his fellow Ukrainians, who are under invasion from Russia. The former undisputed cruiserweight champion – the only fighter to have held that status in the four-belt era – in fact returned home in February to aid his nation’s defence against the ongoing invasion, leading his rematch with Joshua to be delayed.

Now the opponents take to London, where they first fought, for another face-off as they preview their highly-anticipated second clash. Follow live updates below.

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Joshua vs Usyk press conference

Here’s what both fighters had to say at last week’s press conference in Saudi Arabia…

Joshua: “Definitely the hunger is still there. Blips happen, things happen in life, but resilience, mental toughness and consistency will always prevail. We’re still on the road to undisputed, for sure. God willing, I’ll perform and I’ll become three-time heavyweight champion of the world.

“With Andy Ruiz, I think a lot of people could see before the [first] fight that things weren’t 100 per cent [with me]. But we take our loss like a man; if you lose, you have to stay humble. I knew I could come back again and do what I had to do.

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“The fight with Usyk, he bust my ass for some rounds. And I have to take that defeat like a man as well, I have to be accountable. In the fight in September, I was wrong and he was right. Simply, I have to reverse that role in August. I don’t like to overcomplicate the situation, because there’s simplicity in genius. I’m just gonna keep things simple.

“If you know my story, you know I’m the comeback king. You can put me down, but it’s difficult to keep me down.”

Joshua before the first pre-fight press conference for his rematch with Usyk

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Alex Pattle29 June 2022 13:22

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Joshua vs Usyk press conference

Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk will face off at another press conference today, a week after they met for the first time since their title fight last September.

Usyk took the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight belts from Joshua in London nine months ago, and the Briton will try to regain the gold from the unbeaten Ukrainian in a rematch on 20 August. Last week, the pair spoke at a pre-fight press conference in Saudi Arabia, where their second in-ring meeting will take place. “Definitely the hunger is still there,” Joshua said. “Blips happen, things happen in life, but resilience, mental toughness and consistency will always prevail. We’re still on the road to undisputed, for sure. God willing, I’ll perform and I’ll become three-time heavyweight champion of the world.”

Usyk, meanwhile, said he will dedicate his performance in the rematch to his fellow Ukrainians, who are under invasion from Russia. The former undisputed cruiserweight champion – the only fighter to have held that status in the four-belt era – in fact returned home in February to aid his nation’s defence against the ongoing invasion, leading his rematch with Joshua to be delayed.

Now the opponents take to London, where they first fought, for another face-off as they preview their highly-anticipated second clash.

Alex Pattle29 June 2022 12:59

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