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Anthony Joshua Reserves Special Praise For Usyk

Anthony Joshua Reserves Special Praise For Usyk

Anthony Joshua Reserves Special Praise For Usyk

Anthony Joshua Reserves Special Praise For Usyk

Prior to their impending world championship match at the Jeddah Super Dome in Saudi Arabia on August 20, Anthony Joshua has reserved particular admiration for his heavyweight opponent Oleksandr Usyk.

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In their previous match at Wembley, which resulted in Joshua losing his world title belts for the second time in his career, Usyk outclassed the Englishman.

Despite adopting a more brazen demeanor in the lead-up to the rematch, Joshua showed his admiration for Usyk, who remained in Ukraine to continue fighting when Russia started its invasion of that country.

The 35-year-old was part of the Ukraine Defence Battalion and was responsible for going out on patrols as Usyk joined the frontline to protect his country from invaders.

Anthony Joshua Reserves Special Praise For Usyk

The world champion eventually departed Ukraine after being urged by injured victims of the war to leave and begin training for his heavyweight showdown in the middle east.

Joshua, 32, took time to honor his rival’s commitment to fighting for his country, admitting he would have done the same to protect his home.

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“If it was me, yes, it would definitely have an impact and I don’t know if it would be positive or negative.

“I don’t know how I would deal with it but I know it would be tough.

“I have never lived in anything like a conflict like that, so I don’t know the sort of ramifications it would have on me.

Anthony Joshua Reserves Special Praise For Usyk

“I respect what he has done 100 percent. It’s his home, isn’t it — you have to defend your home.

“It is such a shame that civilians get the worst end of the bargain in wars when it is a political issue. He is just trying to defend his community so I respect him.

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“I think I would have done the same, not as a boxer or a warrior, just as a general person.

Joshua, from Watford, has endured a very different build-up to his meeting with Usyk, first jetting off on a global trip to find a new trainer, before settling with serial winner Robert Garcia as he ditched long-standing trainer Rob McCracken.

Joshua also admitted the rescheduling of the fight was no issue for his camp as they wanted to give Usyk all the time he needed to prepare for his heavyweight title defense.


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