Anthony Joshua ready to do 'it all again' after Usyk loss
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Anthony Joshua will have to ‘get lucky’ to beat Oleksandr Usyk, but Tyson Fury and Joe Joyce can trouble the Ukrainian, according to former boxer David Price. AJ lost his world titles to Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September, and he is keen to exact revenge in their rematch later this year.
The Watford local has been working hard and even incorporated Floyd Mayweather to bolster his preparations for the bout.
But Price thinks Usyk will be too strong for the 32-year-old once again.
He told TalkSport: “Not against Usyk, I just think Usyk has got his number.
“Every fighter has an opponent where that style of fighting and that man in particular, where you’re just going to have be really lucky to win the fight.
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“You can be lucky, but luck also creates itself with mistakes that are made by the opponent and I do not think Usyk is someone that will make the mistake where he will put himself in a position to be knocked out by an Anthony Joshua punch.”
He added: “I think he is too switched on, I think he is too sharp, he’s so clever and it’s like he is a step ahead all the time – it’s like he is thinking two, three steps ahead all the time.
“I don’t think Anthony Joshua can deal with that.”
His views on WBC heavyweight champion Fury and Joyce were different, and thinks they have the tools to deal with the Ukrainian’s extensive skill set.
He added: “The only men I can see beating Uysk – some people might laugh at this – is obviously Tyson Fury because he has got an unconventional way of finding a way to win.
“It’s not textbook boxing which a well-schooled fighter can read, his unique in his fighting style, and the other person who has a similar way of fighting and you’ve got to have a great engine in Joe Joyce.
“I think big Joe Joyce can cause Usyk problems with his size, his strength, his fitness and how unconventional he fights, even throwing.
“Out of Uysk and Fury, you’ve got two men who don’t know how to lose since they were amateurs.
“But I think Fury just finds a way to win every time and I will have to stick with him.”
The Watford man trained in Dubai in preparation for Usyk, 34, and has been working with fellow British fighters Lawrence Okolie and Chris Eubank Jr.
However, another figure has now seemingly joined the camp, in the form of boxing legend Mayweather.
Last Friday Joshua took to Instagram to show that the American was watching over him as he hammered away at a hanging aqua bag and captioned the clip: “The best to do it and always helping the next generation. Big respect champ.”
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