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Anthony Joshua opens up on jaw-break threat to students

Anthony Joshua opened up on his decision to confront students who disrespected him during a visit to Loughborough University.

The former world heavyweight champion is currently training for a rematch with Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia.

Anthony Joshua

Before traveling, AJ spent time at the campus to hone his skills. During his stay, students gave him grief about not fighting Tyson Fury.

The former Olympic gold medallist has changed tac for his upcoming fight, recruiting experienced trainer Robert Garcia.

The appointment of Garcia was followed by switching his training hub from Sheffield to Loughborough University. That’s the scene where he recently confronted those students who mocked him.

Addressing what happened, Joshua has slight regret but is ultimately happy with his decision to threaten those shouting abuses.

University heckle

He told JD Sports about the incident as part of his continued “Road to Undisputed” campaign: “I told the guys, listen, I’m here to work, I’m not here to play games.

“I’ve shown you the ultimate respect since I’ve been here. If you lot want to start going down this path of trading words and trading whatever it’s fine with me.

“I’m going to ask you: how would you like it if I break your jaw?

“I didn’t want to address it like that. But I did really feel bad for any other students that those guys do that to that don’t have the courage to address them and tell them that’s wrong what you’re doing.

“I wanted to speak to them and address them. The questions I asked, ‘how would you like it if I said certain things?'”

Usyk challenge

On the Usyk challenge of winning his titles back for a second time, Joshua admits he got it wrong the first time around.

“The fight with Usyk, he busted my a** for some rounds. I have to take that defeat like a man as well. I hold myself accountable,” said AJ.

“I’m someone who can admit when I’m wrong and hold my head high when I’m right. In the fight last September, he was right, and I was wrong.

“Simply, I have to reverse that role on August 20. I don’t like to overcomplicate the situation because there’s simplicity in genius.

“Sometimes, if you keep things simple, you can achieve great things. So I’m just going to keep things simple, move forward, and the date will soon come.”

Usyk vs Joshua 2 is live from Saudi Arabia on August 20.

WBN Editor Phil has over ten years of boxing news experience. Follow WBN on Facebook @officialworldboxingnews and Twitter @worldboxingnews.