Via Charles Brun: Anthony Joshua attempted to knock out IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk to threaten the undefeated champion in their head-to-head bout on Tuesday in Saudi Arabia.
Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) and Joshua met during a warm-up press conference to promote their rematch on August 20 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Easily the most interesting part of the press conference was the confrontation between the two boxers.
Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) glared menacingly at Usyk, refusing to break the gaze to turn to the audience.
Finally, after what seemed like hours, Joshua turned first, giving up, as if realizing he wasn’t going to threaten undefeated champ Usyk by give him a dirty look. You have to come better than that to exonerate Usyk, who just came out of a war zone in his hometown.
“That hunger still burns inside Anthony Joshua. Of course, come back to Saudi Arabia with such great memories, when you beat Andy Ruiz here in December 2019,” Eddie Hearn said at Tuesday’s press conference for AJ vs. Oleksandr Usyk.
“This is arguably the hardest fight of your career and the most important moment in your career this coming August. ”
Joshua said: “The hunger is still there. “Blips happen, things happen in life. We are still on the undisputed path. I’m focusing on the goal you see over there [Usyk].
“God willing, I’m going to perform and be a three-time heavyweight world champion,” Joshua said.
“I remember when you lose against Andy Ruiz, you always act brave, but this time it was a little different because I felt like you knew you were wrong,” Hearn said of Joshua’s loss to Usyk.
“I remember meeting you later at Tottenham, and you were very angry and farted. It takes a while to get everything right. I know you’re a perfectionist and now you have a new coach.
“It’s been a while, but it’s good time to reflect on that loss, and understand what you need to change to move forward. Now, I never felt confident walking into this camp,” Hearn said.
“With Andy Ruiz, people can foresee the war that everything is not 100%but we have to be strong, have skin and flesh,” Joshua said as if he were making excuses for losing to Ruiz.
“We accept our loss like a man. When I won, I kept moving and thanking everyone. When you lose, you have to be humble as well as in defeat. So we kept winning, but I knew I had to come back and do what I had to do.
“My defeat against Usyk, he broke my ** in some innings, I have to take that defeat like a man. I am responsible for myself. I’m someone who can admit when I’m wrong and stand my ground when I’m right.
“In the fight in September, I could say I was wrong and he was right, but I have to reverse that role on August 20. I don’t want to complicate the situation because genius has simplicity. simple. Sometimes you keep things simple, you can achieve great things.
Joshua said: “I will keep things simple, move on and the day will come.