Anthony Joshua has made it known he won’t retire if he loses on Saturday in his heavyweight title fight rematch against Oleksandr Usyk.
Joshua is the former two-time champ is looking to reclaim his titles in Saudi Arabia as he rematches Usyk for the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight belts. It’s an intriguing matchup as in the first fight, Usyk cruised to a decision win, and this time around, many think the pressure is on Joshua.
If Anthony Joshua loses on Saturday, his future is murky, but he has made it clear he will continue fighting past Saturday win or lose.
“I’m competing with a pound-for-pound fighter,” Joshua told AFP. “I’m not losing against some has-been. It’s crazy to suggest I should retire. If I would lose to one of the top fighters of the world today [people would say] ‘Oh he should retire, he lost to one of the best’. What type of nonsense is that? If people really want me to walk away, then cool. I ain’t begging no one. People always ask questions and they’re entitled to their questions. For me personally, I still want to compete. I love it. It’s challenging, but I love the challenge. Sometimes I question whether I want to do it, it’s that hard. It’s not an easy job but I’ve got the will, I’ve got the strength to keep on pushing.”
If Joshua does lose it would be a long road back to getting another heavyweight title fight. Yet, he has all the skills to work his way back as he only has lost to Andy Ruiz Jr. – who he later beat – and Usyk, who is one of the best ever.
However, Joshua is confident he will have a ton of success and get his hand raised on Saturday and become champ again.
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