KARACHI: Ahead of his heavyweight rematch against Oleksandr Usyk on August 20 in Saudi Arabia, Anthony Joshua dubbed himself the "comeback king."
Joshua and Usyk met for the first time since Joshua's loss of the WBA (Super), IBF, and WBO championships in September in London.
In a press conference, Joshua exuded confidence as he pursued his goal of winning the world championship three times.
"If you know my story, you know I'm the comeback king," Joshua said.
"You can put me down, but it's difficult to keep me down."
It appeared earlier in the summer that the rematch might have to be postponed since Usyk had spent time in Ukraine aiding the war struggle against Russia.
To practise for his second match with Joshua, the Ukrainian was permitted to leave the nation in March.
"We are not in the best conditions at the moment back home [in Ukraine]," Usyk said.
"I never made some very loud and bright speeches, all I did was just work hard in my training camp, my gym, that's what I'm going do until the date of the fight."