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Joshua: I’ll ‘exploit’ Usyk’s left-hand ahead of world title defence

Anthony Joshua intends to deliver a “statement performance” and blend “technical ability and God-given talent” to dispatch Oleksandr Usyk.

Joshua’s IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight championships are on the line against his mandatory challenger Usyk on September 25.

Joshua vs Usyk

“When I step into that ring, no matter how much of a nice guy I am, it’s about winning,” Joshua exclusively told Sky Sports.

“It’s about defining performances and training in the right fashion so I look good, which adds stock to my value.

“When you fight good opponents people respect it. They have to give you credit.

“This is about being a throwback fighter and taking on all challenges.

“It’s about statement performances.”

Ukraine’s undefeated Usyk won the undisputed cruiserweight championship and has successfully stepped up into the heavyweight division with a unique style from his left-hand stance.

Joshua will be fighting a left-handed boxer for the first time since he defeated Charles Martin in 2016, 10 fights ago, and he said: “It’s all about ring time – the more time you spend in the ring, the more time you spend lacing your boots, the more time you spend with your gloves on.

“Understanding angles, where you are when you finish punching, where shots are coming from.

Joshua and King

Joshua and Tottenham legend Ledley King

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“Everything is in reverse with a southpaw.

“That’s the technical element, then you have the spiritual element. I am a fighting person. I pray and meditate and visualise. I train my mind. That will get me a long way, as well.

“Mix of the technical ability and the God-given talent? Even though I’m fighting a southpaw I should be able to find ways and see gaps to exploit each of my opponents.”

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