Joshua steps into the ring with Oleksandr Usyk

Anthony Joshua showcases his quick hands before stepping into the ring with Oleksandr Usyk to go face-to-face ahead of their Saudi Arabia rematch

  • Anthony Joshua did a shadow boxing session in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday
  • The 32-year-old star showed off his quick hands at the King Abdullah stadium
  • Joshua then went face to face with Oleksandr Usyk, 35, in the ring at Al Balad
  • AJ is gearing up for their rematch after losing his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belts 
  • The pair’s rematch will take place at the Jeddah Super Dome on August 20, 2022

Anthony Joshua completed a shadow boxing session and went face to face with Oleksandr Usyk during a press event in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday evening. 

Joshua is due to face Usyk for a second time this year after losing his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belts on an unanimous points decision in September last year.

Both fighters enjoyed their moment in the spotlight during a press event in Al Balad ahead of their crucial rematch on August 20. 

Anthony Joshua completed a shadow boxing session at the King Abdullah stadium (left) 

Joshua’s manager Freddie Cunningham shared a video of the heavyweight boxer inside the King Abdullah stadium on Wednesday afternoon. 

The 32-year-old was seen shadow boxing around the venue which will host his rematch with Usyk in August this year. 

Joshua was dressed head-to-toe in Under Armour kit and posed for phots as several camera’s followed him around the stadium. 

Cunningham’s next video showed Joshua preparing for a media workout in Al Balad – wrapping his hands in black athletic tape and gauze. 

Joshua was then seen working out inside the ring – exciting fans with his fast hands -before going face-to-face with Usyk. 

Event organisers were heard calling for the two to ‘separate’ but neither athlete moved as they continued to stare each other down.

AJ’s manager Freddie Cunningham then shared a video showing Joshua preparing for a media workout – wrapping his hands in black athletic tape and gauze

Joshua then excited fans by showcasing his quick hands inside the ring at Al Balad

Joshua remains confident he can overcome the Ukrainian despite admitting Usyk ‘bust his ass’ during their first fight in September 2022.

AJ has freshened up his training team, parting company with former coach Robert McCracken and joining forces with new esteemed cornerman Robert Garcia.

Speaking about his previous fights compared to his preparation for this summer’s rematch, the 32-year-old said: ‘With Andy Ruiz, I think a lot of people can see before the fight things weren’t 100 per cent. 

‘But you’ve got to be strong and thick skinned, we take our loss like a man, because when I win I keep it moving, I think everybody, and if I lose you’ve got to stay humble as well in defeat. So I kept it moving and I knew I could come back again and do what I have to do.

Joshua’s opponent Oleksandr Usyk then stepped into the ring for his moment in the spot light

The pair went face-to-face and were asked to separate by event chiefs but refused to do so

‘The fight with Usyk, he bust my ass for some rounds and I have to take that defeat like a man as well. But I hold myself accountable, I’m someone who can admit when I’m wrong and hold my head high when I’m right. 

‘In the fight in September I was wrong and he was right, and simply I have to reverse that role August 20.’

Joshua’s new coach, Garcia, added: ‘I see a different AJ now. The way he thinks, talks. He fought the wrong fight last time but that’s the past. Come August 20 we will do whatever it takes to win those titles back!’. 

Joshua (left) lost to Usyk (right) at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in 2021 on a point decision

Around 30,000 fewer people will be at the rematch in Saudi Arabia in August this year

Meanwhile, Usyk spoke about his preparation for the fight amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He described the circumstances as ‘not the best’ but insisted he was ‘working hard’.  

The 35-year-old said: ‘As we all know, we are not in the best conditions at the moment back at home, but we are doing what we have to do, we doing my job together with my team and we are working hard on our goals.

‘I never made some very loud and bright speeches, all I did was just work hard in my training camp and in my gym – that’s what I’m gonna do until the date of the fight. And then I will enter the ring and make you happy with my boxing.’ 

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