Boxing Match: The last time Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua met in London, the former had just dethroned the latter with a punishing 12-round defeat at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, taking the IBF, WBA, and WBO heavyweight titles.
The fighters returned to the capital on Wednesday for a press conference ahead of their rematch on August 20 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Joshua is on a revenge mission. He insisted he is determined to win this second fight: “I’m definitely hungry, I’m definitely desperate. But at the end of the day how I perform will speak volumes to the masses.
“I’m definitely desperate to get my hands on [the titles]. Just let me get in there and do my job.”
Usyk was equally focused on the task at hand, saying: “I’m not fighting for money or popularity. Many people want to be remembered, and many people want to be recognised. But I don’t require this. I don’t want to be known as “the great.” I’m just doing my job right now, and I’ll keep doing it as long as my heart beats.”
He is expecting a different approach from Joshua in their second fight. “I do understand that he’s going to be different. So will I,” warned Usyk.
“[Usyk] is a very talented fighter. He’s got different ways to fight. Seeing the size difference, the height, the reach, the weight, everything’s to Anthony’s advantage. We’ve got to take advantage of that,” Garcia said.
“We have to do whatever it takes. We have to come out with different strategies in case one of them does work.”
This is easier said than done. Even Joshua admitted that Usyk’s left-handed, southpaw stance made him an unconventional opponent.
“It’s a rough and tough sport, especially fighting these lefties. They’re a nightmare,” Joshua admitted.
“But it is what it is, isn’t it? You’ve got to dig deep, tuck up and not make the same mistake twice.”
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