Oleksandr Usyk-Anthony Joshua 2: Quotes and Photo Gallery

Fight Week preparations for Rage on the Red Sea accelerated last night, with no less than 11 fighters from the historic card taking part in public training at the Saudia Airlines Club in Jeddah.

Main event fighters Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua, who have their second encounter at the King Abdullah Sports City Arena on Saturday, were among the boxers who gave fans and media in attendance a first look at how they are preparing for their heavyweight matchup.

Photo by Mark Robinson/ Matchroom Boxing

Quotes from Oleksandr Usyk:

The last few months have been very difficult for all of you, how happy are you that fight night is almost here?

“I’m very happy to be fighting very soon, and I’m happy about that.”

Has it been difficult to focus on boxing at all times in recent months?

“Yes, but I did.”

Do you have a chance to tell us how much you will weigh?

“You will see it on the scale.”

How much did you learn from that first fight with Joshua?

“I’ve been watching it for ten years already.”

Everyone in Ukraine is going to be able to watch this fight for free, which is fantastic. Are you satisfied with this?

“I’m very happy with it. Thank God for everything. We all worked hard on it. »

Photo by Mark Robinson/ Matchroom Boxing

Quotes from Anthony Joshua:

You’ve been here for more than a month with the new team, how are you?

“Saudi Arabia was good to me. Shout out to everyone in Saudi. I had a great time. Everyone at my hotel looked after me, everyone in the gym. C was like a second home.

And fond memories of the last time?

“Yeah, and I’m about to make some new ones.”

Will this experience help you?

“You know what I learned? Previous experiences are helpful, but it all depends on what happens at night, doesn’t it. I don’t know how much it will help me, but I’m focused and just ready to get the job done.

How much did you learn at Spurs last September?

“I feel like one of my biggest strengths is that I learn fast, I’m a sponge. But at the end of the day, outside of all the learning stuff, it’s a struggle. C “It’s a fight. That’s it. Whoever throws the most punches and lands the most punches wins. That’s all that matters.”

Is it about showing something new or is it about going in and showing everyone who you’ve always been?

“Do my best. I just do my best. That’s all I can do.

I have to ask you for a prediction, it’s the law!

“What is everyone saying?” (asks the crowd). Inshallah! We’re going for a knockout.

Photo by Mark Robinson/ Matchroom Boxing

Photo by Mark Robinson/ Matchroom Boxing

Photo by Mark Robinson/ Matchroom Boxing

Joshua alongside former four-time heavyweight king Evander Holyfield. Photo by Mark Robinson/ Matchroom Boxing

Promoter Eddie Hearn. Photo by Mark Robinson/ Matchroom Boxing

The light heavyweights Callum Smith face Mathieu Bauderlique in undercard. Photo by Mark Robinson/ Matchroom Boxing

Badou Jack will also appear in a cruiserweight bout. Photo by Mark Robinson/ Matchroom Boxing

Zhilei Zhang was also strutting at the Saudia Airlines Club in Jeddah ahead of his fight against Filip Hrgovic, rivals Callum Smith and Mathieu Bauderlique, as well as Badou Jack, Andrew Tabiti, Rashed Belhasa and Bader Samreen. The pugilists were completed by Ziyad Almaayouf and Ben Whittaker.

Press release courtesy of Matchroom Boxing.

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