Anthony Joshua determined to change tactics against Usyk

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Heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua has accepted his decision to try and send Oleksandr Usyk out was appalling.

The tactic he employed last September easily outmatched and outclassed him by Ukraine’s Usyk, who inherited the WBA, IBF and WBO belts and he has come under heavy criticism for this approach.

This time around, Joshua is ready to try and knock out former heavyweight king Usyk in their August rematch.

The former two-time heavyweight champion will be trained by Robert Garcia and former trainer Angel Fernandez for the money-making sequel. And Garcia suggested Joshua is capable of winning over the 12-round distance despite last year’s result.

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“That’s what we train for,” Garcia told iFL TV when asked if Joshua should win by knockout to avenge his loss. “But I think he could also win by decision. Why not? He’s bigger, he’s strong and he can also punch to win. But I want to see him win by knockout. The few good rounds he’s had in the previous fight there were a few punches that knocked Usyk out and he moved because he felt his power.

“He was probably the worst Anthony ever and he still managed to land and Usyk felt the hits. But if we get the Anthony we want, I think he could go in there and really make him difficulty.

Garcia has been working with Joshua in secret since December alongside current coach Fernandez, who took on the role of head coach after the loss. Joshua’s former coach Rob McCracken has been criticized for his cornering advice and tactics, which saw a “shy” Joshua unable to create meaningful openings.

Finding himself in a repeat situation again, with a rematch booked for the Middle East, Joshua may have to make another drastic change to regain his titles.

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