Anthony Joshua has pledged to rediscover the aggressive aspect of his boxing when he faces Oleksandr Usyk in Saturday’s rematch, reside and unique on Sky Sports Box Office.
“I wanted to outbox my opponent, whether it was Usyk or anyone else, that was the mindset [in the first fight]. I wanted to outbox my opponent and on Saturday I want to smash my opponent,” Joshua advised Sky Sports News.
“That’s just the mindset now.”
Joshua acknowledges an action-packed, damaging strategy had been key for a lot of the early success in his profession.
“I was amateur for three and a half years and I done a lot in that time and I asked myself how? It wasn’t down to the skill element, because I was outclassed in terms of skill and experience by a lot of my competitors on the world scene, but that aggression,” he mirrored.
“That will was something that couldn’t be denied. Then as you get more experience you try to develop as a rounded athlete. But ultimately you can’t take your eye off the factor of what got you to where you are which is, as you said, that aggressiveness.”
In that sense, Joshua will convey again his outdated self for this battle with Usyk.
“It’s never really been lost. The path is always there. It’s not like I’m trying to rediscover a path. I always understand where that is. I just tried to be more elusive and add more strings to my bow,” he stated.
“I was focusing more on different things in my career, for example having a better jab, hitting and not getting hit. You’ve got to focus on that aggressive aspect, that competitive spirit and at the end of the day I don’t give a damn about your jab, I don’t care how good that jab is, I don’t care how good this is. I don’t care how good you are – my competitive spirit will overcome all obstacles.
“That is one thing you must by no means neglect in your seek for enhancements. Your aggressive nature can take you a good distance.”
Against Usyk this time round, Joshua guarantees to be again with a vengeance.
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