Anthony Joshua has confirmed that he will not take the knee in the ring before defending his world heavyweight title against Kubrat Pulev on Saturday night. He stressed the importance of the gesture but said he was trying to be “more tangible To do things “by launching an initiative to support British black culture

Six months ago, Joshua spoke powerfully at a Black Lives Matter protest against racism in his hometown of Watford. “The virus has been declared a pandemic,” he said in June. “This is out of control And I’m not talking about Covid-19 Das Virus I’m talking about is called Racism We agree against a virus that has helped kill the young, old, rich and poor A virus that does not apologize and spreads across all sectors ”

When asked if he would kneel before the opening bell against Pulev, Joshua said, “Good question no, I’m not going to get on my knees I’m trying to do more tangible things. We’re trying to union around Supporting British culture This is important – Presenting people from the Afro-Caribbean community as valuable members of British society I think that’s more important This is what we’re working on right now Different athletes, different people, different places So taking one knee is important – 100% But personally I do something different ”

Joshua said the work has already started “I’ve hired someone to actually work on it. It’s a tough job but hopefully it comes to fruition and it’s really just about doing positive things around the UK. There are sometimes Problems with stigma and stereotypes So this is about introducing NHS staff, architects and athletes and being positive for everyone in the community.We made a deck and website and do basic things with grassroots charities

“I can talk to you about boxing, but not about specific issues in the world I’m not a full time activist so I’m more than likely to slip here and there”So I want to partner with charities that deal with these things and support their causes every day”

The IBF, WBA and WBO world champion is aware of the anti-racism stance of black British athletes led by Lewis Hamilton and pledged to speak more about his plans to fight racism through positive action after his battle against Pulev

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