Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk 2: George Groves gives prediction and it's not good news for AJ

  • Tom Ward

Anthony Joshua has been warned that bringing in Robert Garcia won’t make much difference against Oleksandr Usyk in their rematch because he has ‘got his number’.

That’s what former super-middleweight world champion George Groves believes.

Usyk, 35, defends the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles he took from Joshua in a rematch on August 20.

The pair will meet at the Jeddah Superdome in Saudi Arabia, where the Brit will once again have the chance to win back his former belts having previously suffered an embarrassing defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr.

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AJ, 32, cut ties with former Team GB coach Rob McCracken following his most recent setback against Usyk, with ex-world champ Garcia coming in as his replacement.

But Groves doesn’t see much changing between now and then anyway as he expects pretty much the same outcome the second time round.

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

The boxer-turned-pundit told Seconds Out: “Robert Garcia is in now so we’re likely to see a change in Joshua. I’m sure there will be a change in Joshua. He can’t be the same as last time.

“I feel like people do him an injustice when they’re like, ‘Oh, he needs to get back to his old ways’.

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“He was never just raggedy, come out swinging and just using his power. He was never that. He was always pretty metaphorical in the way he would try and approach a fight, just with a bit more experience.

“And then people have been assuming he’s just a little more gun-shy now since the Ruiz fight, but I don’t think that’s necessarily the case. I think he needs to use his jab [with authority] and whack Usyk hard. You know, you’ve got to punch with this guy [Usyk], because you can’t try punch after him; he’s too quick and he takes great angles.

“Joshua does tire as the fight goes on, but I think he might have to think of this as a six-round fight rather than a 12-round fight, and try and get rid of him. He’s got the size advantages. If you asked a non-boxing fan, ‘who’s going to win, this guy or this guy,’ they’re always gonna pick Joshua because he’s such a big man.

“But like I say, I’m a big Usyk fan, and I think Usyk has probably got his number and is probably going to be even better in the rematch.”

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