Boxing Match: “AJ can still have his moment, without a doubt. It all boils down to how to conquer the obstacle.”
Wladimir Klitschko believes Anthony Joshua can “overcome the hurdle” of defeat and reclaim the world heavyweight title.
Last weekend, Joshua lost his IBF, WBA, and WBO belts to Oleksandr Usyk, therefore ending his chances of facing WBC champion Tyson Fury in an undisputed title battle.
“We’ve seen AJ challenged,” remarked Klitschko, his former opponent.
“I recall my time. I lost two battles in a row [13 months apart in 2003 and 2004].
“To make a comeback? To finally become one of the champions with the longest reign?
“AJ can still have his moment, without a doubt. It all boils down to how to conquer the obstacle.”
Klitschko lost to Ross Purrity in 1998 but went on to become a world champion until he was stopped twice by Corrie Sanders and Lamon Brewster.
He subsequently stayed undefeated for the next 11 years, redefining his approach and fiercely defending the IBF, WBA, and WBO titles while his brother Vitali held the WBC.
Klitschko’s reign was terminated by Tyson Fury in 2015, and he was defeated by Joshua in their thrilling Wembley Stadium showdown.
He retired as the finest heavyweight of his generation, with 64 victories and five losses.
“Usyk made history,” Klitschko remarked of his fellow Ukrainian who defeated Joshua.
“I’ve been seeing Usyk win gold since 2012, and I’ve been watching AJ win gold since 2012.”
“Usyk has been undefeated for so long, winning all of the cruiserweight belts and now the heavyweight titles.”
“This man is one-of-a-kind.”
Usyk simply needs Fury’s WBC title to match his own feat of becoming the undisputed cruiserweight champion.
“I’ve studied the fight, analysed my preparations, and identified my flaws,” Joshua stated after losing his belts. My lesson has been learned.
“Don’t be concerned about me. “I have a strong spirit!”
“There are no secrets, no rocket science to boxing,” Fury advised Joshua before the rematch with Usyk.
“Today’s fighters make it technical. This is nothing more than two men punching each other for 12 rounds or less.
“Get to bed early, eat well, drink plenty of water, and get to work!” If your game plan isn’t working, what should you do? Switch it up!
“Offer your best, give everything you’ve got, and leave it all in the ring.” Don’t use words like should have,’ ‘would have,’ or ‘could have.’
“Don’t think to yourself, ‘If I had trained harder, I could have done better.’
“My suggestion to Joshua is to get stuck in the greatest way he can!” Make an effort to put your best foot forward. Swing, swing, swing!”
Fury went on to say of Joshua, “I’ve got no interest in slapping or kicking anybody while they’re down.” “It’s just not my style.”
“I try to target people who are doing well, who are successful, who are at the top of their game.”
“I don’t like picking on individuals who are down, certainly at their lowest point, and most likely mentally ill after a lengthy reign.”
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