The huge rematch between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua takes place on August 20th, and the pair came together today in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for a launch press conference.
£40 betting bonus with Parimatch UK link below.
T&C’s Apply | Begambleaware.org
Promoter Eddie Hearn was present, and expressed his feelings towards the fight, as Joshua is under his promotional banner: "“This is all very nice, it’s all very pleasant, but we’re only here to win, we’re here to see [Anthony Joshua] regain all these wonderful belts on August 20.”
Joshua revealed the hunger was still there: "
“We have to give credit where it’s due. I’m not a hater. I respect people, and I respect [Usyk’s] craft and what he’s achieved. If I’m around someone who is better than me on the night, then I have to motivate myself to be better than him. The important thing is I have a second chance. And if you know anything about my life, I got into trouble when I was a youngster and it was boxing that gave me a second chance.
“We’re still on the road to undisputed and [the first fight] was just a little blip on the road. I’m focused on the target, which is sitting over there. Usyk bust my ass for some rounds, and I have to take my defeat like a man. I hold myself accountable. I’m focused on the goal. God willing, I’ll perform and I’ll be three-time champion of the world."
Usyk revealed his motivation despite the tragic goings on in his home country of Ukraine: "As we all know, we are not in the best conditions back at home, but we’re doing everything possible to achieve our goal. I never make loud and bright speeches. All I do is work hard in training camp. That’s what I’m going to do until the day of the fight, and then I’ll enter the ring and make you happy with my boxing.
“The reason for my happiness is not my championship belts, but the fact that I have my family, my children, and a wonderful team around me.”
The pair then participated in a face off, and both men refused to show any signs of fear, as they ignored orders from promoter Eddie Hearn to face forward.
Usyk Vs Joshua 2 is billed as the 'Rage on the Red Sea' as the pair collide in Jeddah on August 20th.