ANTHONY JOSHUA admits he wakes up every morning thinking about his devasting loss to Oleksandr Usyk.
The Watford warrior had the unified heavyweight titles ripped from grasp by the slick southpaw in their September showdown at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Joshua, 31, was easily outpointed by the undefeated Ukrainian and the lesson he was taught that fateful night still weighs heavy on his mind.
He told iFL TV: “A lot of times I wake up in the morning and the fight and fighting is on my mind. After the fight, you sleep on it.
“You sleep on it after the fight and then what happens is you wake up on it and I’m waking up on it and it’s the right thing because you’ve got to use it as fuel for the day.
“I think about it a lot and not just on a physical thing but up here as well. I think about it a lot.”
“That one made me think a lot and I could go on but I just care, I actually care. I don’t think, ‘eh, it’s a loss’. I actually deeply care.”
AJ will bid to exact revenge on Uysk in a potentially do-or-die rematch early next year.
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And the Olympian has no intention of trying to outbox his fellow London 2012 gold medallist second time around.
He said: “I’m done with f***ing losing, I’m done with trying to learn the sweet science.
“The referee might get thrown on the floor in the next fight because this is war.
“It’s just straight war, I’m annoyed.
“I’m boiling up even speaking about it – it’s that passion to win.”
Joshua added: “I have one thing in my mind, that’s war, that’s murder, that’s war, let’s go out there and hurt the guy.
“Take his soul to the point where he wants to give up.
“That’s what boxing’s about, I’ve learned that.
“You hit people constantly, keep on applying a certain amount of pressure, before they know it they’ll realise you aren’t going anywhere, you’re here to stay.
“With the game plan, that’s all I have in my mind at the minute, that one track, stay on course, take this guy to places he doesn’t want to go.”
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