Anthony Joshua reveals why he attempted to outbox Oleksandr Usyk – and says he knows two ways to win a rematch.
The British star was heavily criticized for trying to match the cunning Uktenian for boxing prowess when the pair clashed at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last month.
That game plan resulted in Joshua losing his heavyweight belt for the second time.
The 32-year-old has already invoked his rematch clause and is expected to face the new champions again around March.
Joshua, who has been working with several fellow boxers and coaches in the US, has now had more than a month to reflect on his crushing loss.
and this week it opened IFL TV Regarding his strategy for the fight, saying: “I’m a 12-round fighter and you noticed a few weeks later in the second fight (Fury vs. Wilder) that the energy was depleted after two or three rounds.
“It’s not really, what I thought, the right way of boxing. I started working on different elements of my boxing and boxing in the first round, like round twelve, getting better at slip and roll shots. learning etc.
“The obvious thing was to go out there and make the most of my natural potential, but at some point in my career I started to think that I wanted to finish what I could naturally do and improve in certain areas. I wish I was weak.
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“It’s definitely not lost time – I’ve learned different things, the importance of the jab, the importance of the push away and the feint, the difference between counter-punching and counter attacking… I’ve found myself in the sweet science of boxing. revealed.
“But with that fight, it’s clear that styles lead to fights, and I adopted the wrong style.
“That’s not to say that next time I’ll go out there and swing like a madman, but I have certain forces that will cause him and a lot of other people a lot of problems.”
When asked if going there next time and physically threatening Usik was the only way to win, Joshua replied: “There are two ways.
“Remember that Usyk was a heavyweight from the WSP time and had fallen to cruiserweight. He probably realized that he was one of the youngest heavyweights of the time and had prepared himself.
“He’s had about 400 amateur fights and has seen people try and harass him a million times, so just one style is silly.
“I have one thing on my mind and that’s war, that’s murder – just go out there and hurt that guy and get his soul to the point where he wants to lose. That’s what boxing is about.
“I’ve learned that if you constantly kill people and keep applying the same amount of pressure they’ll realize you’re not going anywhere and you’re here to stay.
“That’s all I have on my mind at the moment – to stay on a track and course and take this guy to places he doesn’t want to go.
“And the game plan from the coaches, let them come up with it. I don’t have time to sit down to watch tapes to study and analyze this guy a million times.
“Coach feed me that information. I am a product of the environment in which I place myself.
“If my coach tells me to box on the back foot, I can box on the back foot. If I’m fighting and they’re saying ‘what are you doing, get back on the back foot’ then a fighter will box more on his back foot.
He continued: “Look at the changes Wilder made, look at the changes Fury made – you’re a product of your environment and whoever is teaching you.
“But mindset is something that I control and I only know that my mindset isn’t just on – it’s important – jab, sit back, counter, hit, don’t get hit, slip… it’s boxing.” But there is heavyweight boxing. There is also war and there is no hit and no hit. You have to walk with punches sometimes.”
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