Former two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is aiming to put a lot of hurt on Oleksandr Usyk in their upcoming rematch.
Joshua has not been viewed as the same destructive fighter since getting stopped by Andy Ruiz in 2019. That same year, Joshua reclaimed his belts by outboxing Ruiz in their rematch six months later.
The following year, Joshua would pick up a stoppage win over Kubrat Pulev in a mandatory defense.
Joshua's second reign didn't last long, with Usyk outboxing the British star last September to capture the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight titles.
The rematch takes place on August 20 in Saudi Arabia.
Joshua parted ways with longtime trainer Robert McCracken and hired veteran coach Robert Garcia, who plans to make Joshua a more aggressive fighter in the second bout.
Unlike their first bout, Joshua wants to inflict some real damage on Usyk.
“I saw [Usyk has] got a slice scar on his eye, from me. I was thinking back, I have cut up a few people’s faces in my career; Paul Butlin, Usyk, I split Kubrat Pulev’s lip. I just grazed Andy Ruiz, he doesn’t count ‘cos I mean properly smashing faces in. I like that stuff," Joshua told The Sun.
“One of my strengths was my power but I always wanted to go down that path of being a clean boxer, ‘hit and not get hit’, especially if I want to have a long and successful career. You need to have good defense but I moved away from the ferocious side of boxing where I knew I could hit and stun people. And I do miss the days of slicing people’s faces open and hurting them, for sure. So I am looking forward to getting back to that.”