Anthony Joshua announces fight with Oleksandr Usyk
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Anthony Joshua’s trainer says he is “doing fine” as his preparations for the Oleksandr Usyk fight continue. The IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion will put his belts on the line against the Ukrainian next month at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The Brit’s trainer Rob McCracken, is set to return to AJ’s camp after serving as Team GB’s performance director in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics.
He has provided an update on the 31-year-old’s condition and is looking forward to to training the two-time unified world heavyweight champion once again.
“He is doing fine, he’s where he needs to be,” McCracken told Sky Sports about Joshua from Tokyo.
“I’ll get back and there will still be seven weeks [before his fight], which is a long time in a 36-minute fight.
“He’s in the position he needs to be in.”
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He added: “We’ll get back, me and the team, the others [at Tokyo 2020] who work with AJ, so we can put the work together, get the sparring right, get the prep right.
“So he can put on a great performance in his next heavyweight title fight.”
In order to be prepared for Usyk’s slippery stance, the 31-year-old has been sparring with boxers who share a similar style.
Joshua has worked with the likes of Irish prospect Thomas Carty and Germany-based Shokran Parwani and the latter was used to help Derek Chisora in his preparation to fight Usyk.
Despite the absence of his usual trainer, the 2012 Olympic gold medallist welcomed the challenge and compared his upcoming opponent’s training camp to his own.
“Usyk will bring in Vasiliy Lomachenko’s dad. He works with Russ Anber,” he said.
“I have a list of different nutritionists and strength and conditioning coaches that he will bring in for this fight.
He is changing his team because people have a wealth of knowledge.
“It’s been good having a wider team and working collectively.”
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn weighed in on the impact McCracken has on Joshua, adding: “Rob is a massive part of AJ’s corner and his life.”
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