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Boxing News of Wednesday, 17 August 2022


Anthony Joshua invokes God ahead of fight with Usyk

Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk

As he prepares for a rematch against Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday, Nigerian-born heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua has invoked God in prayers.

In a video of himself doing press-ups posted on Twitter, Joshua wrote, “Out my hands and leave in God’s,” adding a meme of hands lifted in prayers.

The rematch is scheduled to be held in Saudi Arabia this weekend.

Joshua, a two-time world champion, will seek revenge against Usyk, who defeated him last September, claiming the WBA (Super), IBF and WBO heavyweight titles.

The 35-year-old Ukrainian handed Joshua a second defeat in his boxing career, following Andy Ruiz Jr.

In 2019, Joshua bounced back from the defeat, reclaiming his title from Ruiz.

If Joshua beat Usyk on Saturday, it would be the second time he bounced back from defeat to reclaim his titles.