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Joshua, promoter boast about right game plan to beat Usyk

ANTHONY Joshua is confident he has devised the perfect tactics to avenge his defeat to Oleksandr Usyk.

The British-Nigerian boxer lost his world heavyweight titles to the Ukrainian last September and there will be a rematch this August in Saudi Arabia.

Joshua was comfortably beaten on points by the smaller, shorter Usyk, and the former champion was criticised for not being his usual power-punching self in the fight.

With a new trainer in Robert Garcia, Joshua is confident he will regain his World Boxing Association, World Boxing Organisation and International Boxing Federation titles in August 20.

“If I’m honest with you, this is the first time in my career I’d say we are specifically working on a game plan,” Joshua said during a question and answer session with the Oxford Union.

“So it will all make sense after July 23. I’ve based a lot of my success on raw ability, with the right coaches, experienced coaches. But they probably knew I had ability.

“So, it’s just about neutering that ability. What tends to happen is, we overthink things too much when there isn’t a game plan.”

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn also believes his fighter is ready to beat Usyk after finally accepting the mistakes he made in their first fight.

“For a long time he was quite rebellious and said ‘I could have beaten him like that’ and when he sat down with Robert they saw a way to beat him,” Hearn was quoted by the Mirror today.

“He has finally accepted the mistakes he made in the first fight and that is what he is saying now. We have always seen a way to beat Usyk but getting in there and doing it is a whole lot different. I am much more confident now he has shared twelve rounds with him.

“You have to just get in there and be you. That is what he didn’t do in the first fight he wasn’t himself it isn’t difficult just be yourself in the fight and beat him. Yeah he can possibly win on points but I think he can knock him out.

“But that is what you have to do is cut him off and f hit him anywhere you want around the body. He doesn’t like it around the body, Ruiz said after the fight ‘that was a hard night’s work’ and he didn’t even hit him.”

The defeat to Usyk was 32-year-old Joshua’s second in 26 fights and he will be hoping to avenge it like he did his first loss to Andy Ruiz Junior.

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