Anthony Joshua: On Saturday I’m going to smash Oleksandr Usyk | Boxing News

Anthony Joshua hasd to rediscover the aggressive pledge side of his boxing when he faces Oleksandr Usyk in Saturday’s rematch, live and exclusive on Sky Sports Box Office.

“I wanted to outbox my opponent, whether it was Usyk or anyone else, that was the mindset [in the first fight]. I wanted to outbox my opponent and on Saturday I want to smash my opponent,” Joshua told Sky Sports News.

“That’s just the mindset now.”

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Joshua acknowledges an action-packed, destructive approach had been key for so much of the early success in his career.

“I was amateur for three and a half years and I done a lot in that time and I asked myself how? It wasn’t down to the skill element, because I was outclassed in terms of skill and experience by a lot of my competitors on the world scene, but that aggression,” he reflected.

“That will was something that couldn’t be denied. Then as you get more experience you try to develop as a rounded athlete. But ultimately you can’t take your eye off the factor of what got you to where you are which is, as you said, that aggressiveness.”

In that sense, Joshua will bring back his old self for this fight with Usyk.

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The world heavyweight championship rematch between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua returns to Sky Sports Box Office on August 20

“It’s never really been lost. The path is always there. It’s not like I’m trying to rediscover a path. I always understand where that is. I just tried to be more elusive and add more strings to my bow,” he said. .

“I was focusing more on different things in my career, for example having a better jab, hitting and not getting hit. You’ve got to focus on that aggressive aspect, that competitive spirit and at the end of the day I don’t give a damn about your jab, I don’t care how good that jab is – my competitive spirit will overcome all obstacles.

“That is something you should never neglect in your search for improvements. Your competitive nature can take you a long way.”

Against Usyk this time around, Joshua promises to be back with a vengeance.

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Anthony Joshua’s huge heavyweight rematch against Oleksandr Usyk is on Saturday August 20, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Book Usyk vs Joshua 2 now!

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