He already proved once that he is capable of coming back from a loss and turning things around. When Anthony Joshua lost his undefeated record in June 2019, he vowed that in his next fight he was going to make it and returned in December of that same year to defeat Andy Ruiz convincingly in a rematch.
He regained the belts and continued as the brand new heavyweight champion until September 2021 when another obstacle appeared in Oleksandr Usyk, who handed him the second defeat of his career.
In his first fight with Ruiz, Joshua fell victim to the power of the Mexican’s fists. In the next fight he showed an impeccable style in which he kept the distance and annulled his opponent to win on the scorecards.
Now the situation is different and the challenge increases. Usyk knew how to beat him with the good boxing that characterizes him and overcame the Briton in a simple way in a master class of how to use his tools to beat someone who outweighed him in size and strength.
That is where Joshua’s difficulty lies. He must change a lot of things this Saturday, but during the first fight he was outclassed in technique and boxing so he will have the diatribe of whether he should intensify that style to take advantage of his reach and height, or if he should look to impose his power and take his chances against an intelligent fighter like the Ukrainian.
Although the odds may not be in his favor, Joshua seems focused and confident that he can turn the tide. A new opportunity to get a rematch, will he make it?