Boxing Ring: Anthony Joshua has warned Oleksandr Usyk that he has prepared a slew of painful punches for him, “whether it’s the right hand, the uppercut, or the jab.”
Joshua and Usyk sparred briefly in the ring at the public work-outs on Tuesday night but didn’t reveal too many secrets ahead of their world heavyweight championship bout on Saturday night.
“Why do people assume that?” Joshua replied when asked if he has honed a new slimmer physique to match Usyk’s pace.
He then revealed his game plan, “I’m in there with the ultimate goal of winning.” My objective is to either injure or defeat you till I win.
“Will it be the right hand, uppercut, or jab?” As long as it results in a victory. I could box with either my front or rear foot. There is no actual plan other than to win.”
After a happy Usyk juggled to entertain the audience, Joshua shadow-boxed for a few minutes inside the ring.
Joshua’s public workouts had previously consisted of merely covering his hands for a full 20 minutes before asking cameras and onlookers to leave as he trained before defeating Kubrat Pulev.
“I had worked out today,” he explained, “so I didn’t want to overwork myself.”
“No pads,” Joshua said of his preparation to meet Usyk. There will be a lot of bag work and sparring. But not the mitts, per se.
“It’s Rocky Marciano old school.”
Usyk, who was formerly the undisputed cruiserweight champion, is attempting to become only the third boxer in history to add a heavyweight title to his collection of world crowns in the category below.
Tony Bellew has already been knocked out, while Derek Chisora has been outpointed.
According to Anthony Joshua: “I have both physical and mental conditioning. I think I’ll be OK.
“It’s a big event with a lot of pressure.
“When Bellew accepted the fight, he was at a different point in his career. I’m at a different point in my life. So it means something different to me than it did to Bellew.
“Bellew put up a valiant battle, but he fell short, as is common in boxing.
“I’ll do everything I can to make what happened to Bellew work in my favour.
“If I don’t win this, I feel like I’ll be left with nothing.
“This isn’t the end of the road; it’s the beginning of a new chapter.”
Joshua, the IBF, WBA, and WBO champion, was in talks to meet WBC champion Tyson Fury until talks abruptly broke down.
On October 9, if Joshua wins Usyk and Fury defeats Deontay Wilder for the second time, an undisputed heavyweight title bout might be resurrected.
Rob McCracken, Joshua’s trainer, said: “Everyone is talking about the battle between Big Josh and Tyson Fury, but he is the heavyweight champion and must fight anyone who comes his way. That’s how he thinks.”
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