Anthony Joshua willing to take the knee ahead of future world title fights

Anthony Joshua would be willing to take the knee ahead of his upcoming fights, including his bout against Oleksandr Usyk and a future bout with Tyson Fury.

World heavyweight champion Joshua is currently in camp preparing for his September 25 fight date with Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and insisted he would not only take the knee ahead of his fights, but any time he felt it necessary.

Joshua also praised the England team and other footballers who have gone about explaining why they make the gesture, which was proven controversial with some factions of football fans.

"I feel like the players and the teams have done a great job of explaining what the reasons are for taking the knee," he explained in an interview with Gary Neville for The Overlap.

"As a fan, I feel that whether you're there for that or not, you're there to watch the team win, so the importance of supporting your team and players is that you're with them through thick and thin.

"That's the reason you're being like 'I ride for this team', that's loyalty."

Joshua has said he doesn't believe it to be a political statement, and instead is a gesture that will help to raise awareness for social issues happening to minorities in the UK and abroad.

He says that the issues have only come to light over the last few years due to the advent of mobile phones, and cameras constantly recording 'certain incidents' which would have gone unreported in the past.

"The reason that has been explained for them taking the knee is for awareness of an issue that's been going on since before phones were recording certain incidents," he added.

"These things were happening and some people were aware, some people have learned more recently, but as I've said it's nice that the explanation was made clear as to why it's being taken.

"It's not political for me, far from it, and I've had to learn about what's happened and what's been going on this year and last year more than ever to understand that this is just for a change for the better.

"This isn't political, it's not about funding anything or defunding anything, a change wants to be made for the better, that's the betterment of my kids, your kids, the person down the road's kids.

"It's a harmony that is being created because division is going to cause war and that's what it's about.

And asked by Neville if he would be willing to take the knee ahead of one of his upcoming boxing matches, Joshua replied: "100 per cent I would, I'd take the knee anywhere!"

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