Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua 2: AJ's sparring partner claims he is 'technically perfect'

  • Tom Ward
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Anthony Joshua‘s sparring partner has spoken very highly about his boxing ability ahead of his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.

The British boxing hero, 32, will bid to win his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles back from the undefeated Ukrainian on August 20 at the Jeddah Superdome.

That comes after his first encounter with Usyk ended in defeat.

Former police officer Marko Milun, 25, is one of his main sparring partners.

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AJ previously sparred hundreds of rounds with the Croatian prospect as he focused on fighting southpaws ahead of his first defeat to the 35-year-old.

And Milun was brought back to camp for round two which he revealed was very different to the first time he met Joshua.

“AJ is technically perfect, he just needs good tactics,” the 25-year-old told the BoyleSports Boxing Odds blog.

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“Good tactics will win the fight. AJ is the best technical boxer. Everything he does is perfect; jabs, hooks, uppercuts – AJ looks perfect, If they set him good tactics he will win, easy.

“This time the whole camp is different. It’s not the same. We spar maybe 15 rounds, me and AJ, very good rounds and it was explosive.

“I enjoyed it. Not like last time – everything was different; how he treated us, it was different. Coaches are different, his training is different, from the small things to the big things.

“He is hungry now, he wants to win badly. Last time we didn’t speak so much because we were separated, he was in his hotel. Now we eat together, we train together, we are at the pool together, recovering in the sauna. We have become closer than last time – he’s a very good guy.

“He’s relaxed – it’s big pressure, everyone thinks it’s big pressure, but I think he will handle the pressure. He’s a two time world champion and Olympic champion. For him the pressure is normal.

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“Everybody speaks out against him – but who cares. I think he will show in the fight a better AJ.”

And after watching Usyk work his magic previously, he is fully expecting Joshua to come flying out of the gate this time.

“I told AJ you need to bully Usyk, you can’t box him,” Milun added.

“Everybody knows that. Maybe Usyk will expect that – he looks heavier this time. But not heavier than AJ.

“I don’t know how he will start and finish the fight because he trained to attack and he trained defence, he trained everything – in sparring he is better than last time. He only lost by four rounds last time. It’s not too much.

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“If he catches him in those 12 rounds with a little bit of pressure he can knock out Usyk.

“Of course I can see AJ knockout Usyk, and I hope he will do it. He listens to everything the coach says, he is very disciplined, he listens to everything, it’s like he’s on a joystick, he’s very good this time. He’s focused and enjoying his boxing.

“He’s a heavy hitter and he can knock out people easily. Last fight we all expected the knockout and I hope he will give us the KO this time. AJ needs to win.

“He’s given 1000% of himself to win this fight, he’s given everything in preparation, everything for winning.”

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