Anthony Joshua is determined to exact revenge for his most recent loss and regain the title of undisputed heavyweight.
He’s done it before, and now he finds himself in a situation where it is essential to his career and required once more.
Even more than getting even with Oleksandr Usyk, Joshua wants to stabilize his career after regaining control of the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO titles.
“Someone said to me ‘You got the chance to become a three-time heavyweight champion of the world.’ I said that it’s not really where you want to be,” Joshua admitted during the London press tour for the August 20 rematch with Usyk. “It’s not a route I would advise young people to travel.”
“You want to keep it, stay there and keep it,” added Joshua.
Joshua faces the unusual challenge of twice winning the unified heavyweight championship on Saudi Arabian soil. Six months after Mexican heavyweight Andy Ruiz stopped Joshua in the seventh round of their historic fight at Madison Square Garden in New York City in June 2019, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist and two-time champion traveled to Diriyah to defeat Ruiz.
Joshua defeated an out-of-shape Ruiz in the rematch to successfully exact revenge for his lone loss at the time and return the WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO titles to England.
In the course of his second reign, he only managed to defeat Kubrat Pulev in the ninth round. From there, he faced Usyk for his WBO mandatory title defense. Usyk defeated him in twelve rounds by unanimous decision at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in North London last September.
Joshua is ready to take on the challenge
Joshua’s training camp underwent modifications, including the addition of renowned cornerman Robert Garcia. The goal is to return to what made him such an intimidating figure during his ascent through the heavyweight ranks rather than trying to reinvent the wheel.
“I’m definitely desperate to get my hands back on the titles,” emphasized Joshua. “Too much talking for me. Less talking, more action. Let me just get in there and do my job. I’m not a comedian, not someone who writes speeches.”
“I’m definitely hungry, definitely desperate. At the end of the day, how I perform will speak volumes to the masses.”
Joshua and Usyk will meet again on August 20 in in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.