Anthony Joshua Uncertain How His Conditioning Is, Says He’ll Find Out On Saturday


Anthony Joshua doesn’t know how his conditioning will be on Saturday when he rematches Oleksandr Usyk.

Joshua has made it known he thought he faded in the first fight against Uysk as he lost a 12-round decision. In this training camp, the former IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO made some big changes as he changed head coaches and he hopes those changes well help his conditioning.

“I can’t say now,” Joshua said on a media call on Wednesday (via BoxingScene). “What I’ve noticed in the fights here I think is all these guys have been sparring and training, and they get to the fight and they’re f***ing blowing. Like it’s only like [Floyd] Mayweather, like Errol Spence, I think [Terence] Crawford, they have like phenomenal conditioning. They can work from round one to what, round 12, right? So, I don’t know how good my conditioning is. I hope it’s good. I’ll find out Saturday.”

Heading into the second fight, Anthony Joshua believes he has gotten a lot better and is confident he won’t only beat Oleksandr Usyk but will KO him.

“How I’ve improved it is basically I could just say, scientifically, is pushing my lactate threshold up,” Joshua explained. “That’s the easiest way to describe it, is you’ve gotta push your lactate threshold up, so you can be comfortable being uncomfortable, and that’s what training’s about.”

Anthony Joshua (24-2) lost his heavyweight titles to Usyk after knocking out Kubrat Pulev to retain his belts after reclaiming his belts against Andy Ruiz Jr. He also holds notable wins over Alexander Povetkin, Wladimir Klitschko, and Joseph Parker among others.

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