Anthony Joshua has roared he’s in Texas to ‘f****** work’ forward of his combat to face Jermane Franklin – insisting he has by no means taken an opponent extra significantly.
The 2-time world heavyweight champion is bidding to get again to successful methods on April 1 in opposition to his American opponent on the O2 Area.
Joshua has suffered back-to-back factors defeats in opposition to Oleksandr Usyk the place he misplaced his WBA, WBO and IBF belts.
The Watford native has received simply two out of his final 5 dust-ups, and he is aware of he can’t falter in his subsequent outing if he needs to safe a future title shot.
His combat with Franklin, who misplaced on factors to Dillian Whyte in November 2022, is his first non-world title bout since he knocked out Charles Martin in April 2016.
He’s at present coaching Stateside for the primary time in his profession after teaming up with Derrick James, who trains unified champions Errol Spence Jr and Jermell Charlo.
However Joshua isn’t getting distracted by his new environment, as he declared that is probably the most severe he has ready for a combat in his skilled profession.
Talking in his press conference, AJ was requested by promoter Eddie Hearn whether or not he has had time to get pleasure from a espresso out or head to the cinema.
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AJ responded: “I haven’t seen anything! I’m not there for anything else.
“I’m a serious person, I’m not there for anything else really. But one thing is for sure, throughout my career, this is probably the most serious time I’ve taken it.
“In terms of my food, my sleep, the way I’m training, I study the game and everything I’ve learnt – me and Jermaine could chop it up and talk boxing for hours.
“Everything I’ve learnt about boxing, I’m always putting it into another camp, so everything I’ve been through – positive and negative – I’m using it to fuel this camp here.
“So I’m not really there to go out for coffees and talk about bulls***, I’m there to f****** work and put my head down and get ready for a fight.”
Pressed on how he is feeling after being involved in 12 consecutive championship contests, he remarked: “Serious. Focused. Locked in. It’s a serious fight, good opponent, I respect all my opponents.
“So if he had the belts there, I would take him the same way, and if he doesn’t have the belts there I have got to take him the same way.
“I have to give the man his respect because he’s coming to fight, and that’ll make me keep my feet on the ground and take him seriously.”
Joshua also revealed that money is his motivation for his comeback bout.
When asked about why he’s fighting, AJ said: “Money, money, money. I like making money.
“Straight up, this is a prizefighting sport, I’ve been broke, my family has been broke, I know what this s*** means and I do it because I’m good at it and I hustle hard.
“And when this is all said and done, no one will care about me no more, so I’ve got to make the most of it while I’m here.”
Although he harassed that he has fallen again in love with boxing after a troublesome time – insisting that he has reduce out distractions from his life to dedicate himself to the game.
He mentioned: “Going to the fitness center for a fighter is only a regular each day factor. So many fighters go to the fitness center each day.
“However there’s a distinction while you put your coronary heart into it and I’ve needed to eliminate loads of distractions and issues in my life so I can put my coronary heart again into the sport.
“As a result of I at all times constructed companies outdoors of boxing due to the concern of going again to sq. one, so I at all times attempt to construct an empire so when it’s all mentioned and completed, I’ll by no means be capable to look again and say I made silly choices.
“However I made a acutely aware resolution final yr to step again and simply put my coronary heart again into boxing and nothing else.
“So I’ve positively bought that fireside again going once more.”
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