Short on words but heavy on intensity, former two-time champion Anthony Joshua summed up the stakes of Saturday's unified title rematch against Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia as succinctly as can be (5:15 p.m. ET -- DAZN subscribe now).
It's a must-win," Joshua said during Wednesday's final press conference in Jeddah, "but I like the pressure.
In defense of Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs), he has been here and done that before. The 32-year-old superstar from Great Britain lost his trio of world titles via massive upset to Andy Ruiz in 2019 only to redeem himself six months later, also in Saudi Arabia, when "AJ" carefully outboxed a massively overweight Ruiz to win the II.
The differences, however, between the circumstances of this title rematch -- not to mention the level of opponent in the 35-year-old Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs), the former undisputed cruiserweight champion who is among the pound-for-pound best fighters on the planet couldn't be any different.