Anthony Joshua has it all to do if he is going to beat Oleksandr Usyk in their rematch, but it seems the Brit is training harder than ever.
In the first fight, Usyk put on a boxing masterclass to win by unanimous decision and Joshua was widely criticized for his tactics of engaging in a boxing chess match with one of the most technically-gifted boxers in the world.
Since then, Joshua has vowed that he will be playing to his size and strength advantages in the rematch and going for the knockout.
Judging from footage of Joshua’s recent training, he is on the right track for the rematch, as he posted a number of clips showing off his speed and power, with the caption, ‘Friday’s finisher.’
Joshua has a completely new look training team ahead of the rematch with Usyk, as he has parted ways with his long-time trainer, Rob McCracken, and he has relocated from Sheffield where he has been based since the amateurs.
Now he has linked up with Angel Fernandez and Robert Garciawho has guided 14 fighters to world titles, and ‘AJ’ conducts his camp in Loughborough.
“I think all fighters should experience training with new trainers,” Joshua told talkSPORT. “I think it’s important for growth. I don’t think you should ever hold yourself subject to one trainer your entire career.
“That’s just my opinion. And it’s not a thing where it’s disrespecting anyone, it’s about growth. You have to try and experience new things, see what you like from other people if you have the opportunity. That’s all it was, it was time for me to grow as a fighter.
“When you’re winning, you don’t see that you need to make changes.”
Joshua’s new trainer, Garcia, echoed this sentiment, as he said, “A lot of things change in training camps. Once a fighter gets too comfortable with his trainer and trainers get too comfortable with fighters, things are going to fail. And that’s probably what happened in his last camp.
“So now, it’s a new voice, he shows it in the ring, he shows it in the gym that he’s hungry and motivated to do it. We sit down and watch sparring matches together and he’s writing notes. So he’s showing me that he really wants it.”
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