Nigerian and British fighter Anthony Joshua has promised that he will not be offering his rival Oleksandr Usyk any kindness when they meet again on Saturday, 20 August, in a battle that is supposed to demanding.
Joshua conceded that last September when he lost, the outlook was to outbox his rival, whoever it was, and presently, he is completely centered around crushing.
The assumption for some Nigerians was that Anthony Joshua would have the option to beat Usyk, yet they were all disheartening with how he was pulsated.
As indicated by the reports on Sky Sports and Punch, Anthony Joshua expressed plainly that his fundamental concentrate presently proceeding is to crush the face of any adversary.
“I wanted to outbox my opponent, whether it was Usyk or anyone else; that was the mindset in the first fight. I wanted to outbox my opponent and on Saturday I want to smash my opponent.
“That’s just the mindset now.
“I was amateur for three and a half years and I done a lot in that time and I asked myself how? It wasn’t down to the skill element, because I was outclassed in terms of skill and experience by a lot of my competitors on the world scene, but that aggression.”
‘One-punch knockout’ – Tyson Fury sticking with his initial prediction for Joshua vs Wilder
Tyson Fury is unyielding that Deontay Wilder would KO Anthony Joshua if they somehow managed to meet in the ring.
The WBC champion has consistently demanded his previous enemy would beat his kindred Brit, and isn’t hoping to change his expectation any time soon.
Fury has imparted the ring with Wilder three times and has complicated information on his strengths and shortcomings.
In their first memorable battle in 2018, he boxed on the back foot and felt the American’s amazing power direct as he was wrecked in the 10th and afterward emphatically stunned in round 12.
His remarkable recovery to get back to his feet before the bout was ruled a contentious draw will never be forgotten.
When they met in a rematch in 2020, it was a very different story as Fury switched tactics completely, walking Wilder down, dropping him twice and stopping him in seven rounds.
Their 2021 trilogy showdown was almost a combination of the first two fights.
Fury was aggressive once again and put Wilder down in the third, only to then be decked twice himself in the following round.
At the end of a brutal battle, the Brit downed the American for a second time in round ten before getting the KO in the eleventh.
Wilder has not fought since this defeat, but is now scheduled to return against Robert Helenius on October 15.
Joshua too is now planning a comeback after suffering his second consecutive defeat to Oleksandr Usyk and is now all set to face Fury in huge battle of Britain showdown.
But there has also been talk about a potential AJ vs Wilder showdown finally coming to fruition in 2023.
Reacting to this speculation, Fury told SecondsOut: “I’ve always said who wins that fight – Wilder.
“Soon as he hits him, one-punch knockout. See you later, bye bye.”
Wilder, though, is being eyed by Andy Ruiz Jr, who beat Luis Ortiz earlier this month and seems open to the idea.
“Deontay Wilder’s back, we’re always looking for great, exciting fights. If that’s what lies up next, I’ve gotta handle business, but after that we can get it on,” Ruiz said.
BREAKING: Leon Edwards stuns Kamaru Usman with last-minute knockout to claim world title
Leon Edwards just shocked the world. The “Rocky” story of Edwards came to life with a come-from-behind, head-kick knockout late in Round 5 of the main event of UFC 278 on Saturday night.
After becoming the first person to score a takedown on the nearly perfect champion in Round 1, Edwards struggled in the following rounds to build any kind of momentum.
Usman took over the fight with his superior wrestling and slung heavy boxing combinations and seemed on his way to yet another title defense as he neared Anderson Silva’s record for most all time.
Usman’s pace slowed in Round 5, but it was likely leading towards a unanimous decision win for the champ as Edwards seemed defeated in his corner as his team begged him to come to life in the final round.
Suddenly, Edwards flicked out a right jab and fired up a left head kick that knocked Usman out cold at 4:04 of Round 5.
BREAKING: Oleksandr Usyk beats Anthony Joshua by split decision in Saudi rematch
Oleksandr Usyk retains his WBO, WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles and it was a lot closer than we imagined, according to the judges…
Joshua showed that he had made some real adjustments since their September 2021 clash, fighting in a lower stance and not falling into Usyk’s traps in the opening rounds. That made it difficult for Usyk to truly get rolling early as he maintained his constant lateral movement, but without the same offensive openings presenting themselves as they had in the first meeting.
Usyk began to switch up his gameplan beginning in Round 4 as he began to figure out the approach Joshua was taking.
Rather than allow Joshua to lead the fight and apply pressure, Usyk began to circle more and fire off combinations with the intention to touch Joshua more than hurt him with any one shot.
In response to Usyk’s adjustment, Joshua began to fall into the same traps as the first meeting, chasing Usyk and missing wildly at times.
Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder react to AJ’s defeat
Tyson Fury said: “That was s****. That was one of the worst heavyweight world title fights I’ve ever seen. They’re both s****. I would annihilate both of them on the same night. Get your chequebook out because I the Gypsy King is here to stay forever!”
Deontay Wilder posted on Twitter: “They tried to lock me in for insurance because they knew he wasn’t going to Win. This is strictly a business, Not a sport there’s a difference.”
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