Anthony Joshua responds to claims he could resign if he loses to Oleksandr Usyk again

Heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua

Joshua has no intention of walking away (Picture: Getty)

Anthony Joshua has dismissed suggestions he could retire from boxing should he lose again to Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday night.

Joshua, 32, was comprehensively beaten by Usyk London last September, just as he was suffering the second loss of his pro career, losing his IBF, WBO and WBA titles in the process.

He has a chance to reclaim those belts and position himself again at the pinnacle of heavyweight boxing in Saudi Arabia this weekend.

But another loss, a third in five fights, could see him fade from the world title picture.

Given the stakes, some within boxing have claimed another loss to Usyk could force Joshua into retirement, with former world champions Carl Froch and Johnny Nelson among those suggesting the Briton could leave.

But Joshua has no intention of hanging up his gloves any time soon.

“I’m not thinking about retirement,” Joshua said. “I’m about to have one of the biggest fights of my life and if I were to think about quitting, it would be a massive doubt in my head.

Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua

Usyk is looking for another big win over ‘AJ’ (Picture: Getty)

“People will always ask questions. But I still want to continue. I love it. I compete with pound for pound fighters. If I lost to any loser, then yes.

“But it’s crazy to talk about retiring when I’ve lost to one of the best fighters in the world. What nonsense is this? I respect people’s opinions, but I don’t want to back down.

“This is my 12th straight world title fight, and since this is world-level, you’re going up against world-level opponents. This is my third Olympic gold medalist but we are here to entertain.”

Usyk has bulked up significantly for his second showdown with Joshua and while the Ukrainian was shy about his weight at Wednesday’s press conference, he is expected to compete far heavier this weekend.

But Joshua, who was criticized for not making the most of his superior strength and size last September, has warned it won’t be enough.

“When you’re a puncher, punchers aren’t made, they’re born,” Joshua told Sky Sports News.

“Amassing me is probably meant to help you absorb more punishment. Lifting weights and all of that doesn’t really make you a puncher. But it can help you absorb more punishment.’

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