Former world heavyweight champion Briton Anthony Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs) explained with what attitude he returns after two consecutive defeats from Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk.
Recall that AJ’s comeback is scheduled for April 1 in London (England) against American Jermaine Franklin. The Briton is preparing for the fight under the guidance of new coach Derrick James in the USA.
“When you’re looking for greatness, when you’re looking for the best, you have to get out of your comfort zone and go on a quest,” states Joshua. “That’s how I ended up in Texas, and Derrick James is a good coach among many other coaches there. But I felt that he would suit me best.”
“Now I look at myself as a contender,” Anthony said. “When you have belts and you are a champion, you have to fight a certain way. Because you are confronted by an opponent who wants to take what you have. And when you’re trying to protect your property, you think differently. Now that I have nothing to defend, I will enter the ring with a different mindset. And that’s the difference.”
“This is a natural transition. As a hunter and the one who is being hunted, the Briton emphasized. “I’m on the other end of the spectrum right now and I just need to readjust. Jermain Franklin is also on the same end of the spectrum, so it will be a good fight.”
Joshua also argues that Franklin should be taken more seriously than Usyk.
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