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Joshua Ready For Usyk: Let's Rock and Roll Then, No Problem!

Anthony Joshua says he will be back in the gym before Christmas after regaining his WBA, IBO, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles by a wide unanimous points decision over Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia.

Joshua said he would only take a short holiday before going back into training, hinting that he had neglected his craft in favour of commercial activities ahead of his loss to Ruiz in June.


He insisted his safety-first approach had been the right thing to do, even though it led to a fight with few highlights.

“I just do it for myself,” he said. “If I box for the crowd, box for people’s opinions, I might not have been victorious tonight. I boxed to my own game plan, trusted my own process, followed my own instincts and now I’m champion.

“I can knock people out when I want to and I can box when I want to. Tonight was just about winning.

“Maybe I could have done more at times but sometimes simplicity is genius. That was the motto. Keep it simple because it is going to lead to a genius performance. I outclassed the current champion.

“I took it back to the old school, 70s style, boxing sweet science, hit and don’t get hit.

“There was a time when I looked into Andy’s eyes and wanted to put my fist through his head. But then I thought to myself ‘this is boxing, I need to win for myself and show people this is the sweet science of the sport as well’. It’s not a script, it’s not wrestling. This is real life, it’s dangerous. I had to box to my plan. My coaches devised a great strategy. I followed it through.”

After being told that the WBO had ordered him to face Oleksandr Usyk with 180 days, Joshua said that would be happy to oblige.

“Let’s rock and roll then, no problem,” he said.

The belts came home tonight. But like I always say, I am only champion till the next time I go out. It’s an interesting time in the heavyweight division. Deep down in my heart I am chilled, calm and collected. I believe in myself.”

He also said he would be keen on a fight with Deontay Wilder to unite all the belts, although he declined to use Wilder’s name. “I would love to,” he said. “It’s hard, it’s difficult. We’ll see what happens. I realise that chasing that fight wasn’t playing to my benefit so I will let the path take its course. When the opportunity presents itself to become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world you know me by now that I’ll step up to the challenge.”

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by JuniorTorres720 on 12-09-2019

Joshua and Wilder are big enough in their respective markets that they can afford to fight others first. Joshua has options such as the proposed Usyk fight or a trilogy with Ruiz. Wilder has the upcoming Fury fight and depending…

Comment by P4Pdunny on 12-09-2019

AJ stops Usyk in my opinion.

Comment by Zn1 on 12-09-2019

[QUOTE=Mammoth;20241455]Too bad it's what the WBO does whenever any of their champions move up in weight or maybe you'd be on to something.....[/QUOTE] of course they do, the more title fights their champions are involved in the better it is…

Comment by mawoodhouse on 12-09-2019

Your never gonna see him vs Wilder, not next year anyway....possibly 2021. Next year, he fights Pulev and then Usyk in that order....put money on it. He only fights 2 times a year so that will be it.

Comment by Laligalaliga on 12-09-2019

[QUOTE=juandabomb;20241581]No way Hearn puts AJ vs Wilder..unless he wants to cash him out[/QUOTE] $100mil comes to mind. Maybe AJ had a secret meeting with wilder to turn it down. Just maybe.

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