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Boxing: You must defeat both Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk unless Fury has completely retired, says Joshua
Boxing: You must defeat both Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk unless Fury has completely retired, says Joshua
Boxing: You must defeat both Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk unless Fury has completely retired, says Joshua
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Boxing: You must defeat both Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk unless Fury has completely retired, says Joshua

Boxing: On Saturday, Anthony Joshua will face Oleksandr Usyk in an effort to reclaim the top spot in the heavyweight class.

Joshua would regain the WBO, WBA, and IBF championships he dropped to Usyk in September if he won this rematch. Without facing Tyson Fury, he would not consider himself the best heavyweight in the world, even then.

“Unless he’s 100 per cent retired, you’ve got to beat Fury as well,” Joshua told Sky Sports News.

“This isn’t about Fury, with all due respect. That’s just my view on that. As it stands you’re just a winner, you’re a winner at the end of the day. There’s always another challenge out there.

“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.”

He is completely concentrated on his crucial rematch with Usyk. It has taken a long time for him to get there.

“The time drags on. Normally you get straight back in there,” he said.

“Inactivity isn’t good for anyone but the pros are for all the changes that I’ve made personally, training camp, training location, having to form a new team, make them work together as well which is important in a training environment and that needed time. That needed time so straight after the fight, obviously I focused on recovery but I got straight to business and what you’ll see on Saturday is what we’ve been working on for the last, I would say 10 months.”

Joshua is so intent on winning that he doesn’t even think of himself as the underdog while facing Usyk again.

“Not me personally. I’m on it. Winner’s mindset, always. But I don’t know what the bookies say but me personally, not all,” Joshua explained.

“Mentally, just win, refuse to be beaten and that’s how you mentally approach the fight. Just go in there with a winner’s mindset.”

Losing, he says, is intolerable.

“I just don’t want to go back to London without the belts. I know I say that the belts don’t mean anything but deep down they mean something. I just want to win. I just don’t want to go back without winning,” Joshua said.

“The mind’s strong so I believe all things will come to pass and I’m claiming victory. So hopefully it comes into existence August 20.”

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