Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Anthony Joshua Makes Promise On Retirement If Oleksandr Usyk Beats Him Again

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Anthony Joshua insists he will not quit if he loses to Oleksandr Usyk in Saturday’s world heavyweight title rematch.

A second defeat to Usyk would be Joshua’s third in five fights and put him at the back of the queue for another world title shot.

He was defiant when asked if he would retire if he was beaten again by the undefeated Ukrainian and is adamant he would carry on.

“I’m not thinking about retirement,” said the two-time world heavyweight champ.

“I’ve got one of the biggest fights of my life coming up and if you were thinking about retiring, it would be a massive doubt in your mind.

“People will always ask questions. Me, personally, I still want to continue. I love it.”

Joshua, 32, is proud that Saturday will be his 12th consecutive world title fight, going back to 2016, and says there is no shame in losing to elite fighters.

“This is my 12th consecutive world title fight and because this is world level, you’re up against world-level quality opponents,” he said.

“This fight is my third against an Olympic gold medalist.

“I’m competing with some of the world’s best pound-for-pound fighters. If I was losing to some has-been, then, yes.

“But it’s crazy to talk about retiring when I lost to one of the best fighters in the world. What sort of nonsense is that?

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“I respect people’s opinions, but I don’t want to retire.”

Usyk has warned Joshua he intends to inflict more pain on him on Saturday.

Uysk says their world heavyweight title rematch will be a continuation of their first fight at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 11 months ago when he out thought and out boxed Joshua.

The unbeaten world heavyweight king nearly stopped Joshua in the 12th and says he will pick up where he left off in that fight.

“We learnt about each other in the first fight,” said the unbeaten Ukrainian. “He learnt about me and I learnt about him.

“I don’t think it’s going to be a new bout. The last bout will be continued, round 13, round 14, round 15, however long the fight will last.

“We have had enough time to study each other and on Saturday night, it will be a great, great fight.”

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