by Adam Baskin: Anthony Joshua and his new coach Robert Garcia weren’t to be seen “face to face” during the entire camp in the rematch with Oleksandr Usek, according to Gareth A. Davies.
Garcia was brought in as Joshua’s long-time coach Rob McCracken with the idea of boosting AJ, and making him more aggressive in a rematch with Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs).
Gareth doesn’t say what the problem is between Joshua and Robert, but the aggressive approach that the American coach is trying to teach Joshua in one training camp may be too much.
What Robert is trying to do is an intense session to give Joshua a lot of new stuff in a short eight-week span, hoping he can remember enough of it to successfully capitalize on Saturday against unified heavyweight champion Usyk.
“I heard they didn’t see eye to eye the whole time,” said Gareth Davis behind the gloves About Anthony Joshua and his new coach Robert Garcia.
“It’s a new relationship. In the second relationship, you’re working through things. That’s all really good news for me. They’ve been working on his trust. He changed the momentum from the first fight because it was a wrong game plan to try and square Usyk.”
“Be aggressive, be sloppy, push him around, lock up the space, let your hands go, but it’s obviously educated pressure. Usik knows what Joshua will do. He’ll let his hands go a little bit more and be more physical with him.”
“He’s not going to stand up and try to prick him and lock up the space that way. Usyk faces the formidable Adonis, who has very heavy hands, and a man that’s bigger, heavier, and stronger.
“So, he’s preparing for that, and I think he probably wants to end the fight as well and fight fire with fire. He knows he has the hard skills to do that. He needs to be strong there.”
“Maybe he doesn’t want to go 12 rounds this time around. I don’t buy him 20kg, but he definitely looks thicker around the torso and stronger,” Davies said of Usick.
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