With Anthony Joshua set to defend his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO titles against Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday nigh, gear up for the big bout by streaming and following Shoot Music’s Boxing Ring Walk Playlist on Spotify.
With the dream all-British undisputed heavyweight clash against Tyson Fury still off in the distance with the Gypsy King facing Deontay Wilder in a third bout for the WBC title, Joshua will need to get past a tricky test in the form of the former cruiserweight champion Usyk – who is undefeated in 18 professional fights across two weight divisions – to keep the dream of facing Fury in 2022 alive.
Whether it’s used to psyche out opponents, hype up the crowd, or add to the general spectacle of a major sporting event, no boxing match can be complete without iconic ring walk music.
The playlist is topped by Joshua’s ring music for this weekend’s bout. The 31-year-old will be making his way to the ring soundtracked by ‘Ambition’ by rising rap star and his cousin, Maulo. The North West London star mixes RnB and Afrobeats into his sound, with the track having been custom created to help to get him in the zone ahead of the massive fight. Joshua has previously used tracks from the likes of Fela Kuti, Burna Boy, The White Stripes and Giggs for ringwalks, with Stormzy also having performed a live ringwalk for his 2015 bout with Dillian Whyte.
Mike Tyson walked out to Redman’s ‘Time for Sum Aksion’ for his first fight following his release from prison, while Vitali Klitschko once strode out to AC/DC’s ‘Hell’s Bells’. In his prime, a young Prince Naseem Hamed stepped out to Ini Kamoze’s massive hit ‘Here Comes The Hotstepper’, while Lennox Lewis walked out to Missy Elliot’s ‘Get Your Freak On’.
Floyd Mayweather comfortably defeated Robert Guerrero after sauntering out to Lil Wayne’s ‘No Worries’, and who can forget the Greatest himself, Muhammad Ali taking on Earnie Shavers after confidently landing in the ring with the ‘Star Wars Theme’ – as perhaps only Ali could. In terms of confidence, Ali’s ring walk anthem is only perhaps equalled by the legendary Chris Eubank, turning a ringwalk into a catwalk with Tina Turner’s ‘The Best’.
So whether you’re training or just need some motivation to power through your day, check our playlist of boxing ring walk anthems. Featuring some of boxing’s most legendary ring walk anthems, fan favourites and iconic tracks, it’s perfect for workouts and knockouts. Just run the other way if you hear ‘The Best’ in the other corner!