Anthony Joshua is focused on becoming a three-time world champion by gaining revenge over Oleksandr Usyk. Last September, Joshua was outclassed by the talented Ukranian as he lost his world titles in front of a packed Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The direction of the heavyweight division has been widely speculated since that night, but Joshua is desperate to settle the score.
With a number of intriguing scenarios currently at play in boxing’s marquee division, the future of its main players is still unclear. A path to a true undisputed champion is what everyone wants but negotiations between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte, his mandatory challenger, are dragging on, and there’s also rumours linking Fury to a fight with Usyk. ‘AJ’ insists his mind is focused on facing his most recent tormentor.
“I’ve come up short twice, but the majority of times I have overcome many obstacles,” said Joshua when speaking to Stuff.
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“Next fight I’m going to beat him (Usyk) and I’m going to take those belts from him. And I’m going to reign again to become three-time heavyweight champion of the world - whether people like it or not.
“I’m not happy about what happened previously because that’s a competitor’s mindset. You have to be angry at losing, it’s not acceptable. So now it’s about driving forward. One thing people know about me is that I bounce back, and I don’t take losses. I fight the best consistently. That’s always been a part of my DNA.”