He bust my ass and I have to take it like a man’: Anthony Joshua Conceded defeat

Joshua is gearing up for a crucial rematch with Usyk in Saudi Arabia on August 20, almost a year on from his conclusive points defeat against the Ukrainian in London.


Anthony Joshua insists he remains on track to fulfil his goal of becoming undisputed heavyweight champion despite admitting Oleksandr Usyk ‘bust my ass’ when they last met.


This time around AJ has freshened up his training team, parting company with former coach Robert McCracken and joining forces with new esteemed cornerman Robert Garcia, leaving no stone unturned as he eyes revenge in the Middle East.


At the opening press conference to unveil the rematch on Tuesday, the Brit labelled his humbling last September as a ‘little blip in the road’.
Definitely the hunger’s still there,’ Joshua said. ‘As I always said from the get go stay hungry, just keep the motivation high.



‘Blips happen, things happen in life, but resilience, mental toughness, consistency will always prevail.
So we’re still on the road to undisputed for sure and it’s just a little blip in the road. But I’m focused on the target, which is sitting over there, I’m focused on the goal and god willing I’ll perform and I’ll become three-time heavyweight champion of the world.’



Joshua went on to speak about his fight against Andy Ruiz, claiming ‘people could see before the fight that things weren’t 100 per cent’.


Ruiz won the heavyweight showdown by technical knockout in the seventh round and subsequently ended Joshua’s undefeated record and became the new unified heavyweight champion.


Reflecting on the fight, AJ said: ‘With Andy Ruiz, I think a lot of people can see before the fight things weren’t 100 per cent.


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