Anthony Joshua, a two-time world champion, is still very much interested in taking home the gold.
In 2019, he was abruptly stopped in six rounds by Andy Ruiz, ending his first reign. Six months later, in the scheduled rematch, Joshua decisively won via twelve rounds to retain his titles.
Oleksandr Usyk outboxed him in 2021, ending his second title run. Despite being more prepared, Joshua lost a twelve-round decision to the undefeated Ukrainian in their rematch in 2022.
Joshua defeated Jermaine Franklin via decision in April, demonstrating his comeback. In August, he returned to win another fight, this time defeating Robert Helenius, a late substitute.
Joshua stated, “People create this narrative and put pressure on me,” in a BBC-aired interview with Louis Theroux. “The times when it was just for pleasure are long gone. If all you’re doing is this for the love of it, you’re a prospect.
“This is my life’s work, and this is all I know. Would I like to make it to the finals? I’d be thrilled to. Will I arrive there in an astute manner? Sure. Do I know anything about boxing now that I don’t? In whole. Do I still want to get better as a boxer? Sure.”
The WBC world title is held by Tyson Fury. Early in 2024, he is anticipated to take on Usyk in a disputed title match. There is a scheduled rematch, but by then, Joshua will have the opportunity to contend for another world title because several of the belts will be empty owing to mandatory obligations.