Anthony Joshua is working on a game plan for the first time in his career.
Joshua is set to rematch Oleksandr Usyk on July 23 in the Middle East in a very intriguing matchup. The first time they met, Usyk cruised to a decision win and since then it was clear they would be rematching and now Joshua says he is coming up with a specific game plan for the fight.
“This is the first time in my career I’d say we are specifically working on a game plan,” Joshua said during a speaking engagement with the Oxford Union. “I’ve based a lot of my success on raw ability, but the raw ability wasn’t enough, so now I’m going to try out this game plan training and see how it goes. I plan to go back to the basics and take this guy out.”
This will be the second time Joshua looks to avenge a loss and reclaim his heavyweight titles. In June of 2019, he suffered a shocking TKO loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. but ended up beating Ruiz Jr. in the rematch.
Ahead of his rematch against Oleksandr Usyk, Joshua says he has prepared properly and knows he has the championship midset again.
“I always said, who am I without the belts? Even when sitting here, I’m not a champion right now. Even when I took that hit [to Ruiz], it started unfolding that championship status. I wasn’t the champion anymore; I’d already prepared myself for the stumbling blocks of the game that I’m in,” said Joshua. It’s about rebuilding, staying strong, and staying championship mindset, even though you don’t have the titles. Even in taking that knock, it’s just part of the journey I’m on.”
Should Joshua win, perhaps we see a trilogy between them but for now, the Brit is looking to reclaim his heavyweight titles.
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