AJ will be lean again for Usyk fight but says: 'I'm solid as a rock'

Spiky Anthony Joshua insists he’s ‘solid as a rock’ and is tired of talk about his ‘really skinny physique’ as he says he’s coming in lean again to ‘run around the ring and avoid getting hit’ against Oleksandr Usyk

  • Anthony Joshua will be in lean shape again for his fight with Oleksandr Usyk 
  • AJ dismissed any concerns about his ‘skinny’ frame ahead of Saturday’s clash 
  • He insisted he is ‘solid as a rock’ and has specifically prepared to deal with Usyk
  • Joshua’s hulking physique has changed since his first pre defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr 

Anthony Joshua has insisted he’s ‘solid as a rock’ after revealing he’s slimmed down again to negotiate the considerable challenge of Oleksandr Usyk.

Britain’s world heavyweight champion has altered his weight and fighting style since suffering his first defeat as a professional against Andy Ruiz Jr back in 2019.

Joshua said goodbye to the hulking muscles and dropped almost a stone for their rematch. The decision proved to be a winning formula as AJ flowed around the ring at ease and boxed the ears of the rotund and confused Ruiz Jr.

Anthony Joshua has insisted he is ‘solid as a rock’ after slimming down for Oleksandr Usyk fight

AJ will again look to stick to a box-and-move game plan when he defends his WBA, WBO and IBF world titles against slick southpaw Usyk, having prepared to come in in lean shape.

Questions have been raised about Joshua’s new slimmed down physique but the 31-year-old has grown tired of them and insisted he’s ‘strong’ and is a superior fighter at a lower weight.

Asked about his shape, Joshua sarcastically replied: ‘I’m going to come in light. Run around the ring, try not to get hit.

‘I’ll be on my bike all night. I don’t want to get out of 140 heartbeats per minute, so I’m really skinny.’ 

Joshua changed his hulking physique after losing to Andy Ruiz Jr in New York in 2019

He continued: ‘Listen, I’m as solid as a rock. I’m strong, I’m good at the weight. I don’t really focus on my weight. It’s just training. I just put in the work.

‘These are different opponents and I’ve learnt about training for specific opponents. These guys go longer rounds.

‘When you’re knocking out guys in three or four rounds, it’s different. I studied boxing and what works for me and weight is not a priority.’

Despite Joshua’s plans to try and outbox and outmaneuver Usyk, the unified champion is expecting them to slug it out at some point and hopes to produce fireworks like he did the last time he faced a Ukrainian in Wladimir Klitschko.

Joshua came in at his lightest weight ever for their rematch and outboxed Ruiz Jr

He added: ‘For me it was just a good time, a good fight. Will we top that? Maybe. Let’s see if Usyk wants to go down that route.

‘Let’s see if he can put me in some adversity and if I can put him in some adversity.

‘As you saw with the Ruiz fight, even though it was a tough night I just kept getting up.

‘I’ll always get up on my feet and try to fight. I’ll always give you entertaining nights.’

Joshua stayed at a lighter weight for his last fight, a ninth-round knockout of Kubrat Pulev

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