Nigerian-born British professional boxer Anthony Joshua is ready to reclaim the WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles from Oleksandr Usyk, according to fellow British heavyweight.
Frazer Clarke believes Anthony Joshua, a fellow British heavyweight, has made improvements that will help him reclaim his world belts in a rematch against Oleksandr Usyk.
KemiFilani recalls that Joshua, the two-time world champion, was defeated by Usyk by majority decision in September of last year, but a rematch for the WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles is expected later this summer.
The most noticeable change in the Joshua camp appears to be the promotion of Angel Fernandez from coach to head trainer, replacing Rob McCracken, who had overseen Joshua from his amateur days.
Clarke, who is also trained by Fernandez, feels Usyk will have a different challenge the second time around.
“I think the loss has made him better,” Clarke told Sky Sports News. “He’s opened his eyes a bit.
“It’s made him mentally better. I think he knows what he needs to do.
“I think he’s changed his situation, which he thinks will help him. He’s got a team of people that are dedicated for one thing, and that’s AJ getting the result.”
“You can’t write Usyk off, he’s an unbelievable fighter. But I’d like to think AJ’s in a place where he can go on and get this win.”