Anthony Joshua believes he deserves more respect and plans to get that by beating Oleksandr Usyk on August 20.
Joshua and Usyk are set to rematch in Saudi Arabia in a pivotal fight for Joshua’s legacy as he is looking to reclaim his heavyweight titles. If he wins, it also could set up a big fight against Tyson Fury but all the Brit is worried about is getting his hand raised and proving the doubters wrong after being dominated by Usyk last September.
“I feel like I never got that respect. When I came into this division it was whack and I thought ‘let me get in this game and take on anyone and everyone, it doesn’t matter who’. Maybe it was because I was British that nobody was respecting my thing,” Joshua told JD Sports.
“I wanted to bring the heavyweight division to Great Britain and show that we are solid. Because I think that sometimes people just think we drink tea and eat biscuits and sit with the Queen. I used to have people say things like ‘yo AJ, dawg, what’s the Queen like?’ I felt I was not getting looked upon as someone who was a dominant force in the heavyweight division,” Joshua continued. “People seemed to just think I was Anthony Joshua who liked looking in the mirror and had an ego. When big Anthony Joshua wins and becomes three-time heavyweight world champion, I am going to dash the belts, because you have to learn to respect ME as a person. I don’t want to be respected because of the belts that I hold. I want to be respected for the man you see.”
According to Anthony Joshua, he believes he lost a lot of respect from people when he lost to Andy Ruiz Jr. in his US debut and is looking to get it back.
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