Oleksandr Usyk sings resistance music at Anthony Joshua press convention

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Oleksandr Usyk carried out a Ukrainian anthem about combating for independence after warning Anthony Joshua he faces a continuation of the dismantling he endured of their first bout.

Wearing a standard Cossack outfit for Wednesday’s head-to-head press convention, the unified world champion remained on stage after he had confronted off with Joshua to sing “Oi u luzi chervona kalyna”.

The 1875 name to arms was impressed by Ukraine’s 18th century battle for independence and is now intoned as a show of defiance within the face of Russia’s invasion.

Usyk served as a army volunteer in Kyiv earlier than being advised he would higher signify his nation by efficiently defending the WBA, IBF and WBO titles he seized from Joshua virtually a yr in the past.

The rivals meet in Jeddah on Saturday and the undefeated 35-year-old has advised Joshua to count on extra punishment from his fists. “We realized quite a bit about one another within the first battle. He realized about me and I realized about him,” Usyk mentioned.

“However this isn’t going to be a brand new bout, it’s going to be the final bout continued for rounds 13,14,15 – for nevertheless lengthy it lasts. “We’ve had sufficient time to review one another and Saturday will probably be an amazing, nice battle.

“We had been born to compete at life, for belts, for something. The one who doesn’t compete, doesn’t stay. All our lives are competitions – for something, for somebody – that’s why we’re competing.”

For his half Joshua mentioned he loved the strain surrounding the battle and meant to “get the job achieved”.

“That’s it, should win. I just like the strain,” Joshua mentioned. “I need to compete. I’m trying ahead to it. I can’t actually say a lot else. You’ve acquired to have a aggressive spirit.

“It’s competitors proper? We’ve set a aim. I’ve acquired objectives I need to obtain within the ring on the evening. I must be disciplined sufficient to observe them by,” Joshua mentioned.

“That’s that competitors with myself. You point out concerning the belt, they imply one thing, however that’s all on the finish of the goal. It’s not like I’m skipping the method. I’m targeted on the method.”


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