For Anthony Joshua, fighting is not about the belts you are able to show to others.
The WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight titles are up for grabs including a vacated championship.
“Not much. Don’t mean sh-t,” Joshua told Boxing Scene and a small group of reporters during a recent Zoom conference call.
“None of them do. It is what it is. They just take my f—-in’ sanctioning fees. They’re just something that look good when I take them to schools and show kids, ‘Look at my belts.’
“I never want to go to the bottom because I’m the champion. I always want to be on cloud nine. That’s why I’m not interested in Ring Magazine or other titles because I don’t want to depend on it for my happiness.”
Joshua (24-2, 22KOs) hopes to win this fight and get his revenge on Oleksandr Usyk (19-0, 13KOs.) The fight takes place this Saturday on DAZN from Jeddah Superdome in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The two fighters met eleven months ago, Usyk being victorious.
The loss against Usyk brought Joshua’s second unified title reign to an end.
Joshua still keeps the faith.
“I always say, I’m the f—in’ man. You got to believe that,” insisted Joshua, who is a +175 underdog according to Caesars Sportsbook. “You’re the man. You’re the lady. All that stuff is here today, gone tomorrow.
“I just never felt like these belts made me. You got to be the champ before you are the champ. I truly believe that. Believe you are the champ before you are the champ, keep your head held high.”