Anthony Joshua Pinpoints His “Motivation Force” for Boxing- “It’s Important to Honour Our People”

Published 12/22/2021, 1:12 AM EST
Boxing – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk Weigh-in – The O2, London, Britain – September 24, 2021 Anthony Joshua during the weigh-in Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge


Former heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua never shies away from crediting his contemporaries where it’s due. Although he may not have received the same from his opponents, it hasn’t changed Joshua’s perspective of the current boxing ride.

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Following a massive loss to Oleksandr Usyk in September, ‘AJ’, who is now looking to revive his career, seems to be taking motivation from fellow British boxer Derek Chisora.

‘WAR’ is currently on a three-fight losing streak. After falling prey to Usyk via UD last year, Chisora has lost twice to Joseph Parker in 2021.

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While many people see it as the end of his journey, Derek Chisora has claimed that he will remain active. “F*** Retirement” is what he wrote on social media after his third consecutive loss. He earned praise from the boxing world after that.

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Anthony Joshua also expressed a warm gesture towards ‘WAR’. He posted a picture of Chisora on social media and wrote, “This is my OG! He led and leads the way! He is a motivation force for myself & young boxers coming through the ranks!”

“It’s important to honour our people while they are still here”

Derek Chisora has been in several battles in his career. Although he doesn’t hold the most alluring resume, ‘WAR’ has never backed off from a challenge. Despite being on an alarming losing streak that has taken him far away from the world title scene, he has no plans to hang up his gloves.

‘WAR’ prefers fighting and seems to be competing for his love for the sport. However, Joshua will look to do all that he can to fight both for the love of the sport and for the world titles. Defeat may condemn to just fighting for the love of the sport.

Anthony Joshua is in a ‘Do or Die’ condition

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A loss against Oleksandr Usyk in London temporarily ended the hopes of an undisputed All-English heavyweight blockbuster between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury. ‘AJ’ has lost twice in less than two years and is no longer the invincible heavyweight world champion. Unless he reclaims the belts from Usyk, Joshua won’t be in a position to make the calls.

Boxing – WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 25, 2021 Anthony Joshua in action against Oleksandr Usyk Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

He can re-match Usyk in early 2022 or step aside to let Tyson Fury battle the Ukrainian star in an undisputed heavyweight fight. As of now, Joshua hasn’t explained the situation officially, but we can expect him to return soon. However, it will be very unlikely that he steps aside.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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