Anthony Joshua: Ex-champ ‘done with losing’ and tells Oleksandr Usyk to expect ‘war’ in fiery rematch

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Anthony Joshua: Ex-champ ‘done with losing’ and tells Oleksandr Usyk to expect ‘war’ in fiery rematch
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Anthony Joshua is ready to go to ‘war’ to win back his heavyweight world title belts from Oleksandr Usyk

The pair are set for a rematch in the New Year after the Ukrainian’s stunning points win in Tottenham last month, in which the Brit was criticised for being out-boxed.

When he meets Usyk again, Joshua has insisted he will not “swing like a mad man” but nonetheless plans to change his gameplan to make the most of his ferocious power.

“For me, I have one thing in my mind – that’s war, that’s murder, that’s to go out there and hurt the guy and take his soul to the point where he wants to give up,” the 32-year-old told iFL TV.

“I’m done with f***ing losing. I’m done with trying to learn the sweet science. He might get thrown on the floor in the next fight because this is war. It’s just straight war, I’m annoyed. I’m boiling up even speaking about it – it’s that passion to win.”

Joshua is set to employ a new Britain-based coach to work on his craft after calls to sack trainer Rob McCracken, who looks set to continue working with AJ for at least a few weeks of the year.

“I need a new coach to learn from as well," he added. "I will not be basing myself in the States, I am a UK resident so I am not going out to the States to find a new coach.

"Rob's in Lithuania so I need to find a new coach for certain points as I train 10 or 11 months a year. I need to step away and get some new teachings from trainers who have trained the likes of 13 or 14 world champions.

"I wish I had done these things sooner, but now I can go out there and add things to my game."

 (©Ian Walton Matchroom Boxing)
(©Ian Walton Matchroom Boxing)

While maintaining a cooler public persona than the likes of Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte, Joshua has promised fans that he has not taken the defeat lightly. Having been beaten by Whyte before going pro, he hopes to learn from this loss too and ‘catapult to the next level’.

“Just because you don’t hear from me, and because I’m not effing and blinding on Insta Stories, doesn’t mean I stomach losses,” continued Joshua.

“I’m not like, ‘Yeah guys, I’ll be alright, I’ll be back guys, just going down Novikov for a couple of drinks...’ F*** that. I was on the next plane to the States, spoke to my team. We’ve had some awkward conversations.

“I haven’t got a big team. Everyone’s had to be checked, we’ve had open conversations and I’m not gonna lie, it hurts.

“One of the things that keeps me going is I remember as an amateur I lost and, if I would have given up then, I would never have got in this position. I know from experience my mindset and my evaluation of losses can catapult me to the next level.”

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