Anthony Joshua fights Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Box Office, to regain his place at the top of the heavyweight division.
Victory in this rematch would see Joshua reclaim the WBO, WBA and IBF titles he lost to Usyk in September. But even then, he wouldn’t consider himself the best heavyweight in the world, not without battling Tyson Fury.
“Unless he’s 100% retired, you have to beat Fury as well,” Joshua said. Sky Sports News.
“It’s not about Fury, with all due respect. It’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 ahead.
“Until you retire, you will always be challenged to prove that you are the best in the world. The minute you say you are the best is the minute you should pack your bags. Enough in this situation of Tyson Fury.”
He is fully focused on his rematch with Usyk. For him, it was a long time coming.
“Time drags on. Normally you go right back there,” he said.
“Inactivity isn’t good for anyone, but the pros are for all the changes I’ve made personally, training camp, training location, having to form a new team, having them work together as well, which is important in a training environment and it needed time it needed time so right after the fight obviously I focused on recovery but I got straight to the point and what you’ll see on Saturday is that on what we’ve been working on for, I’d say, 10 months.”
Joshua is so focused on winning that he doesn’t even consider himself the underdog against Usyk the second time around.
“Not me personally. I’m in it. Winner’s mindset, always. But I don’t know what the bookmakers are saying but me personally, not all of them,” Joshua explained.
“Mentally, just win, refuse to be beaten and that’s how you approach the fight mentally. Just go in there with a winner’s mindset.”
Losing, he says, is intolerable.
“I just don’t want to go back to London without the belts. I know I say the belts don’t mean anything, but deep down they mean something. I just want to win. I just don’t want to go back. without winning,” Joshua said.
“The spirit is strong, so I believe everything will turn out and I claim victory. So hopefully it will see the light of day on August 20.”
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