‘I want to crush my opponent’: Anthony Joshua vows to bring aggression back to his boxing as he seeks to reclaim his titles from Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday night
- Anthony Joshua lost his world championship belts for the second time last year
- He will have a chance to win them back in a rematch with Oleksandr Usyk
- Another title will be on the line after Tyson Fury vacates the Ring Magazine belt
- Joshua tries to put the ‘aggressive aspect’ back into his boxing
Anthony Joshua is looking to bring the “aggressive aspect” back to the forefront of his boxing, as he prepares for a rematch against Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday night.
Usyk stripped Joshua of his world heavyweight titles when he beat the Brit by unanimous decision last December.
There will be an additional belt up for grabs on Saturday after Tyson Fury vacated the Ring Magazine title earlier this month.
Anthony Joshua takes on Oleksandr Usyk in a rematch in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night
‘I wanted to send my opponent, whether it was Usyk or anyone else, that was the mindset [in the first fight]” Joshua told Sky Sports.
“I wanted to send my opponent to the box and on Saturday I want to crush my opponent.
‘I was an amateur for three and a half years and I did a lot of things in that time and I wondered how? It wasn’t a question of skill, as I was outclassed in skill and experience by many of my competitors on the world stage.
The boxer went on to explain how he sometimes took an overly technical approach and didn’t focus enough on what made his initial success. He said: “As you gain experience you try to develop as a complete athlete. But at the end of the day, you can’t take your eyes off the factor that got you to where you are, which is that aggression.
Usyk won Joshua’s titles after beating him by unanimous decision last September
“It’s not like I’m trying to find a way back. I still understand where it is. I just tried to be more elusive and add more strings to my bow.
“I was focusing more on different things in my career, like having a better jab, hitting and not getting hit.”
Joshua continued: “You have to focus on that aggressive aspect, that competitive spirit and at the end of the day I don’t care what your jab is, I don’t care how good that jab is, I don’t care at all. I don’t care how good you are – my competitive spirit will overcome all obstacles.
“It’s something you should never overlook in your search for improvements. Your competitive nature can take you far.
The Ring Magazine title will be available after being released by Tyson Fury
Joshua ended by referring to Tyson Fury’s recent vacation and retirement announcement, saying, “Unless he’s 100% retired, you have to beat Fury too.” [to be the best heavyweight in the world].
‘It’s not about Fury, with all due respect. That’s just my take on it. As it stands, you’re just a winner, you’re a winner at the end of the day. There is always another challenge there.
“Until you retire, you’ll always be challenged to prove you’re the best in the world. The minute you say you’re the best, that’s the minute you have to pack your bags. That’s enough on this Tyson Fury situation.