Usyk and Joshua went head-to-head during a press conference in Jeddah on Tuesday, and were later backed by fans as they filmed a promotional video for their world championship rematch.
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The unified heavyweight world champion, 35 years old, was in Saudi Arabia for his debut The highly anticipated rematch with Joshua, taking place on August 20 at the Jeddah Superdome. He and his British rival, 32, have taken part in a number of promotional events in the area to promote the show, which is expected to have an audience of 40,000 in the region.
They took part in a photo session that almost doubled as a kind of open workout, with fans lining the streets to watch the pair take part in a makeshift round. They went head-to-head and after the photo shoot was done, Usyk went out dancing and meeting fans in the city.
Joshua isn’t boisterous with his fans but has met supporters, shook hands and posed for selfies with them. He and Usyk are now preparing to head to London on Wednesday for a press conference before returning to camp for final preparations.
The Briton brought in a new coach Robert Garcia, who flew from his California training base to London to run camp for the two-time champion. Meanwhile, Usyk worked in Dubai to get used to the Middle Eastern summer heat after leaving Ukrainewhere he is fighting for his country on the front line after the invasion of Russia.
“I’m happy to be here in Saudi Arabia,” Usyk said before the bout, which will see the boxers split a large 50-50 split. “It was very pleasant for me and my team.
“We’re doing what we have to do to achieve our goals. I’ve never given any loud or bright speeches. To be World Champion, all that. What I did was work hard in my training camp and gym. That’s what I’m going to do until the day of my fighting and boxing will make me happy.”
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Joshua has been a bit more vocal, declaring himself the “back king” and emphasizing that he’s pulled all the stops to start becoming a three-weight world champion. “Certainly the famine persists,” he said at the press conference.
“As I always say from the beginning, stay hungry. Just keep your motivation high. Everything happens in life but resilience, mental toughness and steadfastness will always prevail. Sure we’re still on the road Undisputed It’s just a small glimmer in the road but I’m focused on the target sitting over there.
“I’m king again; you can take me down but it’s very hard to keep me down. Even through my rough times, things will make sense in the long run.”