Anthony Joshua claims that he is “desperate” to defeat Oleksandr Usyk in their rematch at heavyweight on August 20.
Usyk successfully defended his WBA (Super), IBF, and WBO belts in September, but Joshua, 32, is “eager” to win three consecutive world titles.
In the Jeddah Super Dome in Saudi Arabia, where the fight is taking place, Joshua said: “Let me get in there and do my thing.
“I’m not a comedian, I’m not someone who likes big speeches. I’m definitely hungry, definitely hungry.”
“I’m definitely desperate to get my hands on the titles,” he added.
Usyk, who has won all 19 of his fights, produced a major upset by unseating Joshua after moving up from cruiserweight, where he was the undisputed champion.
Since that accomplishment, the 35-year-old has witnessed his life flipped upside down by Russia’s invasion of his country.
Usyk attempted to dispute the idea that going to Saudi Arabia was motivated by money in a brief speech while sporting a blue and yellow “colors of freedom” T-shirt with Ukrainian inspiration.
He declared, “I appreciate everything I do in life, the way I live, and the way I fight.
“I’m not competing for money or fame. Many individuals desire attention so that others will remember them, but I don’t require this or greatness.
“I’m just doing my job right now, and I’ll keep doing it as long as my heart beats. I only have one goal in mind, and that is to save my soul. Everything else, though, is just a part of life.