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Anthony Joshua is out to silence American critics

Anthony Joshua does not believe he gets enough respect in the United States.

The British boxer lost his only fight in the US to Andy Ruiz Jr. in 2019 and believes that achievements in the ring are not recognised as they should be Stateside.

Joshua told JD Sports: "I feel like I never got that respect. When I came into this division it was whack and I thought 'Let me get in this game and take on anyone and everyone, it doesn't matter who'. Maybe it was because I was British that nobody was respecting my thing."

The former world champion continued: "I wanted to bring the heavyweight division to Great Britain and show that we are solid. Because I think that sometimes people just think we drink tea and eat biscuits and sit with the Queen. I used to have people say things like, 'Yo AJ, dawg, what's the Queen like?'

"I felt I was not getting looked upon as someone who was a dominant force in the heavyweight division. People seemed to just think I was Anthony Joshua who liked looking in the mirror and had an ego."

Joshua is preparing for a rematch with Oleksandr Usyk as he bids to become world champion for the third time and feels that a victory will earn him respect in the States.

He said: "When big Anthony Joshua wins and becomes three-time heavyweight world champion, I am going to dash the belts, because you have to learn to respect ME as a person. I don't want to be respected because of the belts I hold. I want to be respected for the man you see."

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