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Anthony Joshua: "I’m not here forever"

Anthony Joshua secured a crushing victory over Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia last night, improving his record to an impressive 28-3 with 25 knockouts. Joshua's demeanor remained nonchalant as he addressed the media in the post-fight press conference, joined by Ngannou.

Anthony Joshua

"The best thing is I can get back to the gym, and I can build on another solid training camp and I can get back in the ring and do another job, that’s what I’m happy about," said Joshua, reflecting on his victory.

Joshua praised Ngannou's strength and talent, encouraging him to continue in boxing. He described the early knockout of the year contender that landed flush on Ngannou's face, leading to three knockdowns and ultimately securing the victory for Joshua.

"He’s a big, strong guy, talented guy, he got up, he looked pretty stable, so I thought just keep doing what I’m doing don’t get carried away, and what will be will be," Joshua recounted. "We managed to drop him three times, one, two and then the third one out. So the first time it was like, ‘Okay, he got back up, he looks good,’ and just stay consistent."

Despite his impressive performance, Joshua remained humble, joking with the media about their predictions for the fight. Promoter Eddie Hearn hailed Joshua as the "baddest man on the planet," but Joshua expressed no interest in such titles, stating that he simply wants to focus on his boxing career.

"I don’t want that title, I don’t want that pressure, I just want to do my thing," Joshua asserted. "I’m just keeping it simple. I don’t want that title as the baddest man on the planet."

When asked about his next opponent, Joshua expressed interest in facing both Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk, not wanting to choose between them.

"That would be good, but why not fight them both [Usyk and Fury]? It shouldn’t really be one or the other, I should have the opportunity to compete with them both, and also not just those two, there are so many other fighters I want to compete with," Joshua explained.
"Let’s keep on going, I’m not here forever, let’s make hay while the sun shines. If there’s an opportunity to go again, I’m ready, June, July…"

Promoter Hearn echoed Joshua's confidence, praising his knockout performance and expressing his satisfaction with the outcome. Joshua's future in boxing looks promising, with potential fights against top contenders on the horizon.


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