Anthony Joshua believes that because of Britain’s love of tea, biscuits, and the queen, he never received the respect he deserved as the heavyweight KO king. In just three years and 16 professional fights, the 2012 Olympic champion quickly attained the IBF world title and triumphed at Wembley in 2017 over the legendary Wladimir Klitschko. However, US fans were not won over by the Watford hunk when the WBA, IBF, and WBO boss failed to set up an undisputed fight with Alabama’s then-WBC champion Deontay Wilder.
Joshua’s career and reputation in the States were also ruined when his American debut in 2019 against Andy Ruiz Jr. ended in defeat. But AJ, 32, believes he has always been underappreciated in Britain because of its greater reputation for cuppas and crowns than for fierce combat. According to The Sun, Joshua stated before his August 20 rematch with Oleksandr Usyk: “I feel like I never got that respect. When I came into this division it was whack and I thought ‘let me get in this game and take on anyone and everyone, it doesn’t matter who’.” “Maybe it was because I was British that nobody was respecting my thing. I wanted to bring the heavyweight division to Great Britain and show that we are solid. Because I think that sometimes people just think we drink tea and eat biscuits and sit with the Queen,” added Joshua.
Anthony Joshua meets the Queen and delivers a speech on the importance of unity at the Commonwealth Day service 👏 pic.twitter.com/ny7yXYBsOi
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Going against Usyk
Usyk, another London 2012 standout, returned to the city in September and triumphantly won all three of AJ’s hard-won belts. Tickets for the Jeddah rerun have just gone on sale, and oddly, Sky Sports hasn’t yet celebrated their victory in the bidding war for the UK broadcasting rights. And Joshua insists that reclaiming his three titles comes second to reasserting his strength and ability to the world after his two professional losses caused people to discount his prior accomplishments. He continued, ” When big Anthony Joshua wins and becomes three-time heavyweight world champion, I am going to dash the belts, because you have to learn to respect ME as a person.” “I don’t want to be respected because of the belts that I hold. I want to be respected for the man you see,” he ended.
‼️The UK broadcast rights for the unified heavyweight title rematch between Oleksandr Usyk & Anthony Joshua taking place in Jeddah on Aug 20 have ended up with the boxing media upstart iD Boxing, according to the latest rumours from @GarethADaviesDT. What a stunner.#UsykJoshua2 pic.twitter.com/8jIH0LwpAk
— Deuce (@rangerrollins) July 25, 2022