According to boxing247.com, trainer Robert Garcia extols Anthony Joshua’s hitting prowess and thinks he can defeat Oleksandr Usyk, the unified heavyweight champion, in their rematch on August 20 by hammering him from the outside.
For the past five weeks, Garcia has been training with former IBF, WBA, and WBO champion Anthony Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs), and he is pleased with the progress they have made in preparation for the rematch with Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs).
According to Robert, Joshua doesn’t need to worry assaulting Usyk’s body as promoter Eddie Hearn would like to see him do. Garcia believes that Usyk can’t compete with Joshua’s right hand and jab because of his height and lengthy reach.
Robert sounds as though he doesn’t want Joshua coming too close to the 6’3″ Usyk and getting clipped, based on the way he speaks.
The situation is excellent. Regarding Joshua and his preparation for the rematch against Usyk, Garcia said on Fight Hub TV, “He realizes how important this fight is, and he just struck a deal with DAZN.
“That arrangement is significant, but he must triumph. He is aware of its significance and is motivated to succeed. He has been working hard to prepare himself mentally, and we will go out there and perform our duties, he declared.
Garcia claims that Joshua is far larger than Usyk and has the advantage in reach, height, weight, and power. He has irrational power. Therefore, he essentially has every advantage at his disposal.
“He only needs to think more highly of himself, that’s all. He has a lot of benefits, in my opinion. Just take action and do whatever is necessary. As I previously stated, he possesses the necessary height, strength, power, and reach. He has to take that action.
“If you look at Usyk right now, with two months till the fight, he still appears a touch too bulked up. I’m not sure if he did it on purpose to gain strength and weight before the battle or if he was just out of shape.
“I don’t know. He’s been in his nation for a few months now because of the conflict and everything. It varies. He has a lot of work to do if he wants to work on becoming in shape.
But because he’s also really gifted, if he’s building himself up to be powerful, then we’re going to have a good fight. We’re going to get ready for that, but maybe not,” he added.
Garcia responded to the promoter Eddie Hearn’s claim that Usyk dislikes body shots by saying, “I think Joshua has a tremendous jab and a solid right hand. He may damage him if he uses that jab and unleashes that right punch confidently and quickly.
“He did land a couple right hands on Usyk on a few occasions in the first bout, and I know he felt them because he began to move. Therefore, do everything is necessary to prevail. If I have to instruct Joshua to “get on his ass and get close to him,” I will.
“However, we’ll keep doing it if I see that he’s doing a great job with his jab and everything off with his jab and one-two. We’ll see how it goes, but it will be round by round.
The trainer stated that Tyson Fury must first win back his championships before seeing Joshua as a possible money maker against him.
He is aware that defeating Usyk is the only way to obtain it. That’s what he wants, and that’s what we require. If we don’t defeat Usyk, we can’t get that fight. Beat Usyk, he must.
The challenging task Joshua has ahead of him to attempt to get to the lucrative Fury fight was described by Robert as “very hard work” and “We’ve been doing it since last December, already prepping for that.”