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Anthony Joshua speaks of “murder” and “war” and promises to “hurt” Oleksandr Usyk on the other hand


Anthony Joshua looks set to return to his brutal and brawling best for the rematch against Oleksandr Usyk in 2022.

The Briton was completely passed by the much shorter man in an embarrassing defeat for the world heavyweight title at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Joshua has ‘war’ in mind for Usyk rematch
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Despite significant advantages in terms of size, weight, range and power, Joshua chose to try to trade with Usyk in a game of high level chess.

Still, it made the game of the Ukrainian as he took out his bulkiest opponent with powerful backhands and tangled him with dazzling footwork.

The 32-year-old immediately invoked a rematch clause for 2022 in hopes of becoming a three-time heavyweight world champion and looked for potential new coaches to work alongside Rob McCracken.

And it looks like the Londoner intends to turn the bout into a fight rather than a technical chess match.

Anthony Joshua speaks of “murder” and “war” and promises to “hurt” Oleksandr Usyk on the other hand
Joshua was beaten well by Usyk, but will face him again in a rematch
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“He’s had about 400 amateur fights, he’s seen people who’ve tried to brutalize him millions of times, so trying to adapt a style is silly,” Joshua told iFL TV of Usyk.

“But for me, I have one thing in mind, it’s war, it’s murder, it’s war, let’s go over there and hurt the guy.” Bring his soul to the point where he wants to give up.

“That’s boxing, I learned it. You are constantly hitting people, keep applying some pressure, before they know it, they will realize that you are not going anywhere, you are here to stay.

“With the game plan that’s all I have on my mind right now, this lead, stay the course, take this guy where he doesn’t want to go.”

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