According to Anthony Joshua, he’s a “solid rock” after losing weight in preparation for his bout with Oleksandr Usyk.
Having lost his first professional fight to Andy Ruiz Jr. in 2019, the British heavyweight champion changed his weight and fighting technique for the first time.
It’s expected that ahead of his upcoming fight with Usyk, AJ will use the boxing and moving tactics he’s practised in preparation for showing up in lean form and defending his WBA and WBO titles.
Although there have been concerns about the 31-year-new old’s slimmer body, Joshua has rejected them, saying that he’s “strong” and a better boxer at a lower weight. Joshua is a powerful fighter.
‘I’ll be on my bike all night. I don’t want to get out of 140 heartbeats per minute, so I’m really skinny.’
He continued: ‘Listen, I’m as solid as a rock. I’m strong, I’m good at weight. I don’t really focus on my weight. It’s just training. I just put in the work.
‘These are different opponents and I’ve learnt about training for specific opponents. These guys go longer rounds.
‘When you’re knocking out guys in three or four rounds, it’s different. I studied boxing and what works for me and weight is not a priority.’
When Joshua meets Usyk again, fans will anticipate him to try to outbox and outmanoeuvre him, as he did against Wladimir Klitschko last time.