Anthony Joshua Doesn’t Want Tony Bellew Comparisons
Anthony “AJ” Joshua says he isn’t like anyone else.
Joshua, the WBO, IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight champion, doesn’t want people to compare him with Tony Bellew, who Oleksandr Usyk knocked out with a strong left hand in the 2018 showdown.
“Bellew was at a different stage in his career when he took the fight, and I am currently at a different stage in mine so what it means to me is probably different to what it meant to him,” Joshua told Sky Sports Box Office.
Joshua is scheduled to defend his titles against Ukraine’s Usyk on Saturday, September 25. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium also known as the White Hart Lane in London will host the super fight.
The two-time unified world heavyweight champion had heaps of praise for Bellew’s performance against the Ukrainian star, but Joshua doesn’t see Usyk steamrolling through him as he did to Bellew.
“Bellew put up a great fight against him and he comes up short at the end of the day which happens in boxing, but at the end of the day for me, I am going to try and reverse everything that happened to Bellew and make everything work in my favor,” the Brit continued.
Eddie Hearn and co. decided to pick Usyk as AJ’s next opponent after Tyson Fury pulled out of the fight days before it was expected to be made official. An independent arbitrator had ordered Tyson Fury to fight Deontay Wilder for the third time.