In their rematch on August 20 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Anthony Joshua acknowledged that he is "absolutely desperate" to win the world heavyweight championship once more.
Usyk will be defending the IBF, WBA, and WBO championships that he won from Joshua at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September by defeating the British fighter. Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) was defeated by his Ukrainian opponent in London by a unanimous decision. The Ukrainian fighter overcame limitations in height, reach, and weight.
The 32-year-old Joshua claimed at a news conference in London on Wednesday that "what occurred then is in the past, I don't live in the past, I'm simply here." "If I follow my As, Bs, and Cs, it should bring me to KO," the fighter said. "I'll be hoping to be battling round-by-round."
Less talk, more action, urged the former two-time heavyweight world champion. I don't enjoy making lengthy speeches or being a comedian.
"Allow me to enter and complete my task; that is my top priority. I'm undoubtedly hungry and in need, but the general public will judge me by how I behave.
The 35-year-old Usyk, a former undisputed world cruiserweight champion, represented his native Ukraine and the country's invasion by Russia by donning a blue-and-yellow T-shirt with the phrase "Colors of Freedom."
He contributed to the fight against Russia, originally jeopardizing a rematch with Joshua, until being granted special permission to defend his world championships.
It will be Usyk's first fight in Saudi Arabia, but Joshua has already avenged his only other loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. there in 2019 with a points victory.
Saudi Arabia has frequently been charged with violating human rights and accused of trying to "sports wash" its reputation.
Usyk claimed that his decision to compete there was not motivated by money.
Usyk declared, "I'm not battling for money or fame. "I'm merely traveling to rescue my soul. Everything else that is occurring is merely part of life.