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Joshua vs Usyk: Anthony Joshua admits Oleksandr Usyk ‘bust my ass’ last time out ahead of rematch

‘He broke me down and I have to take it like a man’: Anthony Joshua claims he is still on track to become the undisputed heavyweight champion despite his defeat to Oleksandr Usyk… as new coach Robert Garcia insists that he ‘fought the wrong fight’ ‘last time out’

  • Joshua insists he is on track to become the undisputed heavyweight champion
  • AJ gears up for crucial rematch with Usyk in Saudi Arabia on August 20
  • He refreshed his team and said goodbye to coach Robert McCracken
  • Joshua has now joined forces with new esteemed cornerman Robert Garcia
  • Usyk spoke about his preparation for battle during the Russian invasion of Ukraine
  • He described the conditions as ‘not the best’ but said he was ‘working hard’

Anthony Joshua insists he remains on track to achieve his goal of becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion, despite admitting that Oleksandr Usyk had been “tricked” when they last met.

Joshua is gearing up for a crucial rematch with Usyk in Saudi Arabia on August 20, nearly a year after his decisive defeat to the Ukrainian in London.

This time around, AJ has refreshed his training team by saying goodbye to former coach Robert McCracken and joining forces with new esteemed cornerman Robert Garcia.

AJ insists he is on track to fulfill his dream of becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion

AJ insists he is on track to fulfill his dream of becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion

At the opening press conference to reveal the rematch on Tuesday, the Briton labeled his humility last September as a ‘blip in the road’.

“The hunger is definitely still there,” Joshua said. “Like I always said, stay hungry, keep motivation high.

Blips happen, things happen in life, but resilience, mental toughness, consistency will always prevail.

However, Joshua (left) admitted that Oleksandr Usyk (right) 'broke my ass' when they last met

However, Joshua (left) admitted that Oleksandr Usyk (right) ‘broke my ass’ when they last met

“So we’re still on the road to undisputed certainty and it’s just a little bump in the road. But I’m focused on the target, sitting there, I’m focused on the target and God willing I will perform and become a three-time world heavyweight champion.”

Joshua went on to speak about his fight against Andy Ruiz, claiming that “before the fight people could see that things weren’t 100 percent.”

Ruiz won the heavyweight showdown by seventh round technical knockout and then ended Joshua’s unbeaten record and became the new unified heavyweight champion.

Looking back on the fight, AJ said, “With Andy Ruiz, I think a lot of people can see before the fight that things weren’t 100 percent.

Joshua also spoke about his fight with Andy Ruiz - he said he didn't go into it 100 percent

Joshua also spoke about his fight with Andy Ruiz – he said he didn’t go into it 100 percent

Garcia (right) says AJ looks like a 'different' fighter since they teamed up

Garcia (right) says AJ looks like a ‘different’ fighter since they teamed up

“But you have to be strong and have a thick skin, we take our loss like a man, because when I win I keep it moving, I think everyone, and when I lose, you also have to remain humble in defeat. So I kept it moving and I knew I could come back and do what I had to do.

“The fight with Usyk, he threw me in my ass for a few rounds and I have to take that defeat like a man too. But I hold myself accountable, I’m someone who can admit when I’m wrong and hold my head high when I’m right.

“In the September fight, I was wrong and he was right, and I just have to flip that role on August 20.”

Joshua’s new coach, Garcia, added: “I see another AJ now. The way he thinks, talks. He fought the wrong battle last time, but that’s the past. On August 20, we will do everything we can to win those titles back!’.

Usyk spoke about his preparation for battle during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  He described the conditions as 'not the best' but insisted he was 'working hard'

Usyk spoke about his preparation for battle during the Russian invasion of Ukraine. He described the conditions as ‘not the best’ but insisted he was ‘working hard’

Meanwhile, Usyk spoke about his preparation for battle during the Russian invasion of Ukraine. He described the conditions as “not the best,” but insisted he was “working hard.”

The 35-year-old said: “As we all know we are not in the best of conditions at home at the moment, but we are doing what we have to do, we are doing my job together with my team and we are working hard towards our goals.

“I never gave very loud and clear speeches, all I did was just work hard in my training camp and in my gym – that’s what I’m going to do until the date of the fight.

“And then I’ll go in the ring and make you happy with my boxing.”

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