Joshua facing pressure, new reality ahead of comeback fight

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(AP) -- For so long the poster boy of boxing’s heavyweight division, Anthony Joshua has been facing a new reality in recent months.

Suddenly, the British fighter is on the outside looking in.

His star has fallen - even his promoter acknowledges that - in the wake of punishing, back-to-back losses to Oleksandr Usyk that have led many to question Joshua’s ability, even as a two-time world champion.