Joshua vs Usyk LIVE press conference: Latest updates for Jeddah rematch

Antony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk in tense showdown ahead of Saudi Arabia fight – Reuters Sports News

Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk squared off in Jeddah on Wednesday ahead of their rematch for the world heavyweight title. The Briton lost at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last September and AJ will be hoping to repeat his trick after earning redemption from Andy Ruiz in a rematch in Saudi Arabia. It’s possible the winner will become undisputed champion in the next fight, though Tyson Fury’s latest retirement is clouding the future of the division.

The couple exchanged words earlier, with both men appearing calm and relaxed, with just three days remaining the hard work is done. The two could agree on the value of sparring partners, however, with Usyk agreeing with his rival, adding ‘it’s the people who make us better’. As Joshua attempts to take on the fascinating and outrageously skilled Usyk once again, AJ highlighted his hunger to “compete” and the challenge of living up to his own expectations in the ring. The former champion has played down the importance of belts, with the WBA, WBO and IBF belts on the line, as well as The Ring Magazine belt, which was dropped by Fury after he announced he would not fight again.

Joshua may be the underdog, but there is pressure from the media and veterans Johnny Nelson and Carl Froch, who believe this could be his last fight. Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn, who considers the sixth round crucial to the outcome of the fight, argues the 32-year-old should be patient for another title shot if he loses again, but that’s is far from the case. end of the road: “He loves what he does, AJ loves fighting. He loves boxing. It will be difficult to try for the world heavyweight title. But why would you even consider retiring from the sport if you lose to number one pound for pound?Unless you don’t want to do it anymore. Recap everything that was said during the fighters and their teams press conference below:

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Oleksandr Usyk sings during the last press conference in Saudi Arabia

Oleksandr Usyk looks confident, so much so that he starts singing at the end of this press conference.

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Dillian Whyte on Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua 2

Dillian Whyte on Usyk vs Joshua: “I expect him to bounce back, I always support mine. I hope AJ will do the job.

“I can understand the need to be more aggressive. I wasn’t as aggressive in my last fight, I need to rediscover that, and that’s the right mindset for AJ.

“He will be extremely nervous, alert and cautious, that’s not a bad thing. It changes everything for him.

“Maybe he doesn’t feel as much pressure?” But I think he will be nervous.

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Joshua interrupts the conclusion of the press conference, makes a special mention for his sparring-partners, who he says “push it every day”.

Usyk agrees: “I mean how much they [sparring partners] are, it’s the people who make us better.

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Usyk: “He learned from me, I learned from him.

“I don’t think it will be anything new, the last fight will continue rounds 13, 14 and 15.

“We had enough time to study ourselves. This Saturday will be a big, big fight.

“We were born to compete, for life, for belts, for anything.

“He who does not compete, does not live. All of our lives are a competition, for anything, for something, for someone. This is why we are in competition.

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Now it’s Usyk’s turn to speak…

“It is very important for my country. I’m really happy to be here, it’s my third time in Saudi Arabia.

“I feel like I’m here again and again.”

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Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua 2 press conference

AJ discusses his month in Arabia, arriving early for the rematch to acclimate to his surroundings.

“It’s tough, but I relish the challenge,” he said. “Let’s do the work, God willing, I will be victorious.

“It’s competition, I have goals, I need to be disciplined to achieve them. It’s a competition with yourself, the belts mean something, but it’s at the end.

“I’m going to focus on the process first and foremost. I want to compete. I have a competitive spirit. »

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“We are ready to do it,” said Robert Garcia.

“It was a challenge, coming out of a loss, following the game plan, training and everything. The rest of the team did a great job.

“Saturday we will go out with these belts.”

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Now it’s the turn of Egis Klimas, Usyk’s manager.

“I have never seen anyone, in a 45C, cycling for 100 km, anyone swimming before the press conference for 10 km, for five hours, someone holding their breath for four minutes and 40 seconds.

“I asked what’s wrong with you?” »

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Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua 2 press conference

Alexander Krassyuk speaks up, saying Usyk has never been in better shape.

He spoke to people in Ukraine during the war and “they wanted him to fight”.

“The whole world should know that Ukraine is the land of the free, few men can convey this message to hundreds of millions of people.

“Usyk can do it through the sport of boxing. If I start to say how good he is, since I was his promoter, more than nine years, let history judge how special he is.

“I wish both fighters good luck, may the better man win.”

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