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I’d fight King Kong – Joshua bullish during Usyk faceoff

Heavyweight champion of the world Anthony Joshua says he would fight “King Kong” if he was asked as he prepares to take on Ukrainian challenger Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Saturday.

The WBA (Super), WBO and IBF champion defends his titles on Saturday against former cruiserweight champion Usyk in a mouthwatering showdown.

A cordial press conference today gave way to an intense face-off before a handshake between the pair.

Joshua, 31, said: “I’m not an easy fight for anyone, I like fighting.

“If you tell me I was fighting King Kong I would give it a go. This is my job.

“I wasn’t on the amateur scene long enough to know much about Oleksandr, but when I turned professional I did a lot of research and I love the Ukrainian style and the Ukrainian people.

“He was fighting 10 or 12 years as an amateur before he went to the Olympics and worlds, so he is probably happy to be in this position. The cream always rises to the top.

“I love throwback fighters. I do watch a lot of boxing and I don’t fight good people just to get respect. I’m going to work. It’s the best days of my life.”

Usyk, 34, was first to appear and the challenger arrived in style, dressed in a red three-piece suit and yellow tie.

Joshua was not far behind and there was a friendly hello between the duo, who have known each other since their amateur days.

Usyk, speaking through a translator, said very little, but appeared relaxed and full of confidence ahead of his bid to become a two-weight world champion after dominating the cruiserweight division.

He said: “Every fight makes history and I think me and Anthony will make another step in history, something that people will be talking about, remember and will be watching on television.”

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