Joshua vs Usyk Press Conference LIVE: Latest updates for rematch in Jeddah

Antony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk in a tense duel before the fight against Saudi Arabia – KmdFGcSb

Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk faced off in Jeddah on Wednesday ahead of their rematch for the world heavyweight title. The Brit lost at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last September and AJ will be hoping to repeat his trick after scoring a redemption against Andy Ruiz in a rematch in Saudi Arabia. There is a chance that the winner will become the undisputed champion in the next fight, although Tyson Fury’s recent retirement tarnishes the division’s future.

The couple exchanged words earlier, with both men looking calm and relaxed, with just three days left the hard work is done. Both could agree on the value of sparring partners, with Usyk agreeing with his rival, adding: “They are the people who make us better”. As Joshua attempts to once again take on the mesmerizing and incredibly skilled Usyk, AJ emphasized his hunger for “competition” and the challenge of living up to his own expectations in the ring. The former champion downplayed the importance of the belts, with the WBA, WBO and IBF belts on the line as well as the Ring Magazine belt which was relinquished by Fury following his announcement he would no longer fight.

Joshua may be the underdog but there is pressure from the media and from former fighters Johnny Nelson and Carl Froch who believe this could be his last fight. Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn, who sees the sixth round as crucial to the outcome of the fight, claims the 32-year-old will have to wait for another title fight if he loses again, but that’s nowhere near the end of the road: ” He loves what he does, AJ loves to fight. He loves boxing. It’s going to be difficult to get a shot at the world heavyweight title. But why even think about retiring from the sport when you’re losing to the pound-for-pound number one? Unless you just didn’t want to anymore.” Summarizing everything that was said at the press conference by the fighters and their teams:

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Oleksandr Usyk sings at the closing press conference in Saudi Arabia

Oleksandr Usyk looks confident, so much so that he bursts into song at the end of this press conference.

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Dillian Whyte on Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua 2

Dillian Whyte on Usyk vs Joshua: “I expect him to recover, I always support my own. I hope AJ gets the job done.

“I can understand the need to be more aggressive. I wasn’t that aggressive in my last fight, I need to rediscover that and that’s the right attitude for AJ.

“He’s going to be extremely nervous, alert and cautious, that’s not a bad thing. Everything changes for him.

“Maybe he doesn’t feel that much pressure? But I think he’ll be nervous.”

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Joshua interrupts the conclusion of the press conference, making a special mention for his sparring partners, who he says “push him every day”.

Usyk agrees: “I want to say how important they are [sparring partners] are, these are the people who make us better.”

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Usyk: “He learned from me, I learned from him.

“I don’t think it will be anything new, the final fight will continue rounds 13, 14 and 15.

“We had enough time to study each other. This Saturday is going to be a big, great fight.

“We were born to compete, for lives, for belts, for everything.

“If you don’t compete, you don’t live. Our whole life is competition for anything, anything, for someone. That is why we compete.”

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Now it’s Usyk’s turn to speak…

“This is very important for my country. I’m really happy to be here, it’s my third time in Saudi Arabia.

“I have a feeling I’ll be here again and again.”

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Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua 2 Press Conference

AJ discusses his month in Saudi Arabia and arrives early for the rematch to adjust to his surroundings.

“It’s tough, but I enjoy the challenge,” he says. “Let’s get the job done, God willing, I’ll win.

“It’s a competition, I have goals, I have to be disciplined to achieve them. It’s a competition with yourself, the belts mean something, but that’s where it ends.

“I will primarily focus on the process. I want to compete. I have a competitive spirit.”

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Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua 2 Press Conference

“We’re ready for that,” says Robert Garcia.

“It was a challenge, dealing with a loss, executing the game plan, sparring and everything. The rest of the team did a great job.

“On Saturday we go out with these belts.”

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Now it’s the turn of Egis Klimas, Usyk’s manager.

“I’ve never seen anyone cycle 100km in 45C, someone swim 10km for five hours before the press conference, someone hold their breath for four minutes and 40 seconds.

“I asked what’s the matter with you?”

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Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua 2 Press Conference

Alexander Krassyuk speaks and says Usyk has never been in better shape.

He spoke to people in Ukraine during the war and “they wanted him to fight”.

“The whole world needs to know that Ukraine is the land of the free, not many men can convey that message to hundreds of millions.

“Usyk can do this through boxing. As I begin to state how good he is, since I was his patron for more than nine years, let history judge how special he is.

“I wish both fighters the best of luck, may the best win.”

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