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Anthony Joshua puts to bed claims that he will retire if he is defeated by Oleksandr Usyk

‘I don’t want to retire’: Anthony Joshua claims he will quit boxing if beaten in crunch rematch with Oleksandr Usyk… as 32-year-old cemented his ‘love’ for the sport

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Anthony Joshua has refuted speculation that he will quit boxing if he loses Saturday night’s megabucks rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.

He insists he will keep fighting even if he fails to regain his Ukrainian heavyweight world titles.

“I respect people’s opinions,” the 32-year-old said. “But I don’t want to retire.

Anthony Joshua has insisted he won't retire if defeated by Oleksandr Usyk

Anthony Joshua has insisted he won’t retire if defeated by Oleksandr Usyk

The 32-year-old reinforced his 'love' for boxing ahead of Saudi Arabia's crunch rematch

The 32-year-old reinforced his 'love' for boxing ahead of Saudi Arabia's crunch rematch

The 32-year-old reinforced his ‘love’ for boxing ahead of Saudi Arabia’s crunch rematch

“I have one of the biggest fights of my life coming up and if you were to think about retiring, it would create huge doubts in your mind.

“People will always ask the question, but I want to continue anyway. I love it.

“If I was losing what has been, then yes. But it’s crazy to talk about retiring because I lost to one of the best fighters in the world. What nonsense is that?’

Usyk defeated Joshua in the first match with a clear unanimous decision win in September 2021

Usyk defeated Joshua in the first match with a clear unanimous decision win in September 2021

Usyk defeated Joshua in the first match with a clear unanimous decision win in September 2021

Usyk defeated Joshua in the first match with a clear unanimous decision win, and Joshua is more than aware of the challenges the rematch will bring.

During Wednesday’s pre-fight press conference, the 32-year-old said: “It’s hard, but I enjoy the challenge. Let’s get the job done, instinctively, stay focused and God willing, I will be victorious.

“I have goals that I want to achieve overnight, and I have to be disciplined to persevere. It’s competition with myself. The straps mean something, but that’s at the end of the line.

‘I focus primarily on the process. I want to compete. I have a competitive spirit.’

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