‘I’m going to reign again’

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'I'm going to reign again'

Anthony Joshua insists he is focused on reclaiming his heavyweight world title from Oleksandr Usyak.

The 32-year-old Olympic 2012 gold boy suffered a penalty points loss to 35-year-old Ukraine in September.

Anthony Joshua eager to win back his world champion status

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Anthony Joshua eager to win back his world champion statuscredit: getty
Britain lost its world title belt to Alexander Usyki in September defeat

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Britain lost its world title belt to Alexander Usyki in September defeatcredit: AFP

And he is in talks to accept step-money to WBA, IBF and WBO champ Usyk to fight bitter rival Tyson Fury for his WBC crown and coveted undisputed status.

But he claims that a lucrative deal to sit out and fight the eventual winner is not on his radar.

“I’ve come up short twice, but most of the times I’ve overcome many obstacles,” he told lifestyle magazine Stuff.

“Next fight I am going to defeat him (Usik) and I am going to take that belt from him.

“And I’m going to reign again to be the world’s three-time heavyweight champion – whether people like it or not.”

Joshua – who avenged the 2019 TKO loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. – has split from longtime mentor and Team GB mastermind Rob McCracken and is set to unveil a new regime.

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The Watford ace visited American gyms after the Tottenham loss and recently returned from a hot weather camp in Dubai where he had a session with ring legend Floyd Mayweather.

And he confirms that the disappointment of losing his title for the second time is the driving force for such a drastic change.

He said: “Since I only fight once or twice a year, I have to stay busy and active in the gym.

“But because I lost in my last fight, there’s a lot of rebuilding going on in my team.

“That’s why I’ve approached training with a mental approach, looking at ways in which I can improve rather than jumping back into the deep end from a physical point of view.

“I’m not happy with what happened earlier because it’s a competitor’s mindset.

“You should be angry when you lose, it is not acceptable. So now it’s about moving on.

“One thing people know about me is that I bounce back and I don’t take damage. I constantly fight for the best – it’s always been part of my DNA.”

After both the defeats, AJ’s critics have accused Sajjan of accepting defeat easily.

But he reveals the pain he keeps to himself after a beating and is left in the championship cold, hopefully temporarily.

He said: “After the defeat, I had to give myself four or five days.

“I was doing a lot of recovery things like ice baths and cold showers, stretching and physios.

“Others just watch the fight, but in my case it took years of training to get to that point.

“So it’s not just a fight but it’s all the physical hitting that I have to deal with as well.”

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