Anthony Joshua: “I Don’t Really Fold Under Pressure”

By: Sean Crose "I don't always want to be the best in the gym," WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titlist Anthony Joshua has told Sky Sports. "Every time I spar, I spar like I'm performing. I have had tough spars. I am doubting myself." These are not the sort of things you hear from a towering, impressive, dominant fighter with a single avenged loss on his resume. Joshua, however, would clearly rather work out his doubts in the gym than he would during a high profile fight, which is exactly what he's about to have this Saturday in Britain when he faces former cruiserweight kingpin Oleksandr Usyk for all his belts. "All boxers can move up in weight," he said. "Some feel better at the higher weight, they carry more power and feel fresher." Although Usyk hasn't looked overly impressive since turning heavyweight, the man remains a walking, talking skill set - one who hasn't lost a fight and may well be comfortable at heavyweight when he steps into the ring on Saturday. "In my mind, I have removed the conversation that he is a cruiserweight," Joshua said of Usyk. A huge Joshua fight against Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder may be in the future, but Usyk is no light touch. That's something Joshua appears to be fine with. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images) "Since I came into boxing in 2008 I had a rapid rise, maybe due to sheer strength, size, heart. I took on massive challenges early on," said Joshua. "Usyk is another great champion, great fighter. But I don't really fold under pressure." Joshua also claimed he relies on faith to help him get through the challenges of being a top competitor. "I asked God for strength and he gave me battles," stated Joshua. "When I pray for strength, I want to fight the Usyks and the champions because that's how you find out how strong you really are." The work of being a heavyweight titlist is undoubtedly difficult, but Joshua doesn't think it's all grind and toil. "This is fun. This is deep practice," he said. "When I get into the ring it's time to practice everything I know." Although he suffered a stunning loss to Andy Ruiz, Joshua was able to learn from his mistakes and came back to best Ruiz successfully six months later. "I'm rather experienced now," he told Sky. You have to go through trials and tribulations." "You have to go through certain experiences to have wisdom," claimed Joshua, adding that "you've got to go through turbulent times." The post Anthony Joshua: “I Don’t Really Fold Under Pressure” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Anthony Joshua: “I Don’t Really Fold Under Pressure”

By: Sean Crose

"I don't always want to be the best in the gym," WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titlist Anthony Joshua has told Sky Sports. "Every time I spar, I spar like I'm performing. I have had tough spars. I am doubting myself." These are not the sort of things you hear from a towering, impressive, dominant fighter with a single avenged loss on his resume. Joshua, however, would clearly rather work out his doubts in the gym than he would during a high profile fight, which is exactly what he's about to have this Saturday in Britain when he faces former cruiserweight kingpin Oleksandr Usyk for all his belts.

"All boxers can move up in weight," he said. "Some feel better at the higher weight, they carry more power and feel fresher." Although Usyk hasn't looked overly impressive since turning heavyweight, the man remains a walking, talking skill set - one who hasn't lost a fight and may well be comfortable at heavyweight when he steps into the ring on Saturday. "In my mind, I have removed the conversation that he is a cruiserweight," Joshua said of Usyk. A huge Joshua fight against Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder may be in the future, but Usyk is no light touch. That's something Joshua appears to be fine with.

(Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

"Since I came into boxing in 2008 I had a rapid rise, maybe due to sheer strength, size, heart. I took on massive challenges early on," said Joshua. "Usyk is another great champion, great fighter. But I don't really fold under pressure." Joshua also claimed he relies on faith to help him get through the challenges of being a top competitor. "I asked God for strength and he gave me battles," stated Joshua. "When I pray for strength, I want to fight the Usyks and the champions because that's how you find out how strong you really are."

The work of being a heavyweight titlist is undoubtedly difficult, but Joshua doesn't think it's all grind and toil. "This is fun. This is deep practice," he said. "When I get into the ring it's time to practice everything I know." Although he suffered a stunning loss to Andy Ruiz, Joshua was able to learn from his mistakes and came back to best Ruiz successfully six months later. "I'm rather experienced now," he told Sky. You have to go through trials and tribulations."

"You have to go through certain experiences to have wisdom," claimed Joshua, adding that "you've got to go through turbulent times."

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Anthony Joshua On Oleksandr Usyk Showdown: “I Respect Him, I Love The Challenge Of This Guy”

By: Hans Themistode The hard part is nearly over. After spending the past several months preparing both his mind and body for his upcoming title defense against Oleksandr Usyk, Anthony Joshua can’t help but get excited. The British native will take on his WBO mandatory challenger this coming Saturday, September 25th, at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the United Kingdom. While both have been fairly cordial of one another, in past Joshua fights, that simply hasn't been in the case. Leading up to his most recent showdown against Kubrat Pulev, the two nearly came to blows well before the night of their actual fight. Regardless of the unified titlist having his cage rattled, he remained poised enough to record the stoppage victory. As Usyk appears to be happy-go-lucky, repeatedly sending Joshua messages asking him how he’s doing, the 31-year-old titlist can’t help but be amused by his antics and effervescent attitude. “I’ve seen mad people and he isn't a mad person,” said Joshua during an interview with MailOnline Sport. “He’s fun. There is a lot of respect there.” More than just his personality, Usyk has seemingly gained the respect of Joshua through his hard work in the ring. As an amateur, both Joshua and Usyk graced the gold medal stage together at the 2012 Olympic Games. Joshua would go on to beat out everyone in the super heavyweight division before walking away with gold, while Usyk would do the same one-weight division lower at heavyweight. From there, Joshua has continued to be impressed with the accomplishments of the 34-year-old Ukrainian. In only his tenth pro fight, Usyk captured his first world title. Five fights later, he would finish up his cruiserweight crusade having wrapped every world title around his waist. Now, with the highly skilled pound-for-pound star moving up in weight and snagging two victories against Chazz Witherspoon and Dereck Chisora, he now has his eyes set on becoming a world champion once again. Considering everything Usyk has accomplished, Joshua has an extreme amount of admiration for him. In fact, Joshua goes as far as to say that Usyk is cut from a legendary cloth. “I respect him because he’s a good fighter. That’s why we’re meeting at the top. Talent-wise I love the challenge of this guy. He comes from a lineage of great champions like the Klitschko’s, Vasyl Lomachenko.” The post Anthony Joshua On Oleksandr Usyk Showdown: “I Respect Him, I Love The Challenge Of This Guy” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Anthony Joshua On Oleksandr Usyk Showdown: “I Respect Him, I Love The Challenge Of This Guy”

By: Hans Themistode

The hard part is nearly over.

After spending the past several months preparing both his mind and body for his upcoming title defense against Oleksandr Usyk, Anthony Joshua can’t help but get excited. The British native will take on his WBO mandatory challenger this coming Saturday, September 25th, at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the United Kingdom.

While both have been fairly cordial of one another, in past Joshua fights, that simply hasn't been in the case. Leading up to his most recent showdown against Kubrat Pulev, the two nearly came to blows well before the night of their actual fight. Regardless of the unified titlist having his cage rattled, he remained poised enough to record the stoppage victory.

As Usyk appears to be happy-go-lucky, repeatedly sending Joshua messages asking him how he’s doing, the 31-year-old titlist can’t help but be amused by his antics and effervescent attitude.

“I’ve seen mad people and he isn't a mad person,” said Joshua during an interview with MailOnline Sport. “He’s fun. There is a lot of respect there.”

More than just his personality, Usyk has seemingly gained the respect of Joshua through his hard work in the ring. As an amateur, both Joshua and Usyk graced the gold medal stage together at the 2012 Olympic Games. Joshua would go on to beat out everyone in the super heavyweight division before walking away with gold, while Usyk would do the same one-weight division lower at heavyweight.

From there, Joshua has continued to be impressed with the accomplishments of the 34-year-old Ukrainian. In only his tenth pro fight, Usyk captured his first world title. Five fights later, he would finish up his cruiserweight crusade having wrapped every world title around his waist.

Now, with the highly skilled pound-for-pound star moving up in weight and snagging two victories against Chazz Witherspoon and Dereck Chisora, he now has his eyes set on becoming a world champion once again.

Considering everything Usyk has accomplished, Joshua has an extreme amount of admiration for him. In fact, Joshua goes as far as to say that Usyk is cut from a legendary cloth.

“I respect him because he’s a good fighter. That’s why we’re meeting at the top. Talent-wise I love the challenge of this guy. He comes from a lineage of great champions like the Klitschko’s, Vasyl Lomachenko.”

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