Joshua to embrace Usyk test

24 September 2021 02:59:38 GMTPlus11
Anthony Joshua meets Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday

Anthony Joshua is relishing the challenge of facing Oleksandr Usyk this weekend and believes these are the "best days" of his life.

On Saturday, Joshua is 1.40 to beat Usyk, who is 3.00 to win.

The pair will clash at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as Joshua prepares to put his WBA, WBO and IBF world heavyweight titles on the line.

Huge crowd

The fight is expected to draw the biggest crowd Joshua has fought in front of since he faced Alexander Povetkin at Wembley back in 2018 and, in former cruiserweight champion Usyk, Joshua is facing a talent unbeaten in 18 professional fights.

The 31-year-old Briton has, however, won 24 of his 25 professional bouts and is excited to lock horns with the Ukrainian, who has previously defeated the likes of  Tony Bellew and Derek Chisora.

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At a relatively calm press conference leading up to the fight, Joshua was particularly complimentary of 2012 Olympic gold medallist Usyk, claiming the "cream always rises to the top".

Speaking about his Ukrainian counterpart, Joshua said: "I wasn't on the amateur scene long enough to know much about Oleksandr but when I turned professional I did a lot of research and I love the Ukrainian style and the Ukrainian people.

Respect

"He was fighting 10 of 12 years as an amateur before he went to the Olympics and worlds so he is probably happy to be in this position - the cream always rises to the top.

"I don't fight good people just to get respect - this is my job. I'm going to work - it's the best days of my life."

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