Via Jack Tiernan: Oleksandr Usyk says he fully expects Anthony Joshua to fight differently in the rematch, more aggressively trying to regain the lost IBF, WBA & WBO heavyweight titles next April.
Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) said he would be ready for any style and approached 32-year-old Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) to bring to the table for their second bout. Joshua is working with a new trainer from the United States, Anthony ‘Chill’ Wilson, who has him focus on throwing for the body.
With Joshua’s eight-year professional career bracing for a rematch, he is expected to pull the stops to use ANY means necessary win the championship.
Joshua is desperate at this point, and you could argue that his promoter Eddie Hearn is feeling that distance as well, knowing that AJ’s reign could be over if his boxer loser.
So instead of the good-natured Joshua that boxing fans saw last September in his first fight with Usyk, we’ll likely see a mean in a rematch with AJ… The Rules of the Marquees of Queensbury outside the window.
Body punching is expected to be emphasized by Joshua in his rematch with Usyk and could be rough tactic. It is believed that Joshua will lean on Usyk, shoving him around the ring, hitting him with low swings and punching rabbits for the advantage.
Usyk wants Joshua to change his approach
In other words, Joshua will use The method of burning the fields to win fight, like we’ve seen in Tyson Fury’s last two bouts with Deontay Wilder.
“If I get those four belts, that would be a huge statement from me,” said Oleksandr Usyk to Forbes when asked what it means to be the undisputed heavyweight champion by defeating WBC champion Tyson Fury.
“I don’t worry if Joshua is ready to fight. Oleksandr is ready for any fight,” Usyk said as he said Joshua is forgetting about the sweet science and will likely focus on winning the knockouts from this point on.
“Of course, he will change everything. Everything will be new,” Usyk said of Joshua likely going to change his style for the rematch.
Last September, former undisputed cruiser champion Usyk shocked the boxing world by knocking out the much bigger and stronger Joshua, winning the 12th round logically in front of fans. AJ’s England grave at Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium in London, England.
Joshua is not expected to lose to Usyk, as the Ukrainian struggled to beat British skateboarder Dereck Chisora in October 2020. Indeed, some boxing fans believe that in the past his best 36 year old Chisora (32-12, 23 KOs) deserved to win the fight against Oleksandr.
For that reason, many believe Usyk will enter the fight against Joshua on September 25, believing the bout will be a walk for the strong 6’6″ boxer.
Oleksandr marveled at Joshua’s unusual appearance
“I was more surprised because he was a bit distracted, chewing on a mouthguard like him,” Usyk said what Joshua looked like before their previous match on September 25. “That’s why I thought it was weird,” Usyk talks about what he noticed about Joshua last time.
Joshua is one of those types of boxers who can overdo everything and make himself nervous and helpless. He’s done it in both losses in his career, and to some extent, Joshua was a mental breakdown before his fight with Wladimir Klitschko in 2017.
As for the rematch with Usyk, Joshua will likely be angry that he was humiliated the last time they fought, so he could be different.
You can bet that whoever Joshua’s trainer is, they’ll get him emotionally elevated to the raging stage by the time the bout kicks off. Joshua may need to be in that state of mind for him to have a chance of defeating Usyk.