Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua 2: Legendary boxing writer expects more of the same

  • Tom Ward

Oleksandr Usyk has Anthony Joshua right ‘where he wants him’, according to highly respected boxing journalist Colin Hart.

Although the British superstar has made some changes to his training camp, Hart reckons that still won’t be enough for him to avoid a repeat.

AJ is due to fight Usyk in Saudi Arabia on August 20 as he bids to become a three-time heavyweight champion of the world.

However, Hart revealed that he is expecting more of the same the second time round, as he doesn’t think Joshua will be able to close the gap in time.

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Hart told iFL TV: “Well, I’ve said this before, I can’t see anything other than the same result.

“I think Usyk has got him where he wants him. He knows exactly what Joshua’s got. I know Joshua has got a new trainer but I don’t think in his 30s he can change his style that much.

“It takes time to build a career and he is what he is and I can’t see him changing.

Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk will rematch in Saudi Arabia on August 20

“His tactics in the first one were deplorable. He tried to outbox that brilliant technician. I mean, he is so much bigger and more powerful than Usyk, he should beat him.

“But Usyk is a master craftsman and I think whatever Joshua’s got I think Usyk can counter and control the fight.”

Joshua recently admitted that he felt like he was fighting ‘like Muhammad Ali’ during his defeat to Usyk.

And while Hart didn’t agree with everything that he said, he ultimately believes his corner was to blame for his most recent setback.

Reacting to Joshua’s comments, he added: “Well, I’m surprised because yes, I think the corner should have told him.

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“I was watching it on television, so you can’t really judge, but for me, Usyk was winning very comfortably.

“I know Joshua said that he didn’t start taking control after round nine – I don’t believe that. I think he [Usyk] was in control from the first bell to the last and the corner should have told him.

“If they really knew how to read a fight, they should have told him, ‘You got to knock him out to win.’ He didn’t even try to knock him out. As he said, he thought he was Muhammad Ali in there.”

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