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    ANTHONY JOSHUA's "mentality" won't be changed by new coach Robert Garcia. AJ appointed the multiple-time world champion coach as his lead trainer following his brutal axing of mentor Robert McCracken after his lopsided points defeat to Usyk last September. 3Anthony Joshua has handed the coachings reigns to American Robert GarciaCredit: PA 3Joshua axed coach Robert McCracken after his wide points defeat to Oleksandr UsykCredit: REUTERS 3Usyk's promoter Alexander Krassuyk doesn't believe Garcia will be able to change Joshua's mentalityCredit: [email protected] The pair have been cooking up an aggressive game plan for AJ's Saudi showdown with the unified heavyweight champion on Saturday week for the best part of a year. But Usyk's promoter Alexander Krassyuk believes Garcia won't be able to instil a new mindset in the Brit, saying: “Robert Garcia is a very well known, very determined and professional trainer. "And he has great experience in bringing guys to success, but he does not have experience with heavyweights. "But that does not matter much because you cannot teach AJ anything new because he’s more than 30 years old. READ MORE...
    TYSON FURY's dad has a sneaking suspicion Anthony Joshua will get the job done in his high-stakes rematch with Oleksandr Usyk. AJ will bid to reclaim the WBA, WBO IBF and IBO heavyweight titles from the slick southpaw in a potentially career-defining Saudi showdown on Saturday week. 4Anthony Joshua will rematch Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia next SaturdayCredit: GETTY 4Usyk turned over Joshua in their Tottenham tussle last SeptemberCredit: AFP 4But John Fury reckon the Brit could come out of the Saudi showdown victoriousCredit: GETTY Joshua was effortlessly turned over by the undefeated Ukrainian last September, but John Fury believes the Brit could very well have his hand raised second time around. During a recent appearance on talkSPORT, John said: “Don’t be surprised if AJ pulls it off. "I’ve got a sneaky feeling again that AJ’s going to do it and he has this remarkable way of bouncing back doesn’t he.” A mouthwatering Battle of Britain against WBC king Fury awaits AJ if he wins his desert dust-up with Usyk. READ MORE IN SPORT'NEW VIKING' Fury and dad John mock...
    ROBERT GARCIA has brought the "bad guy" out of Anthony Joshua ahead of the Brit's crunch clash with Oleksandr Usyk. The Watford warrior will bid to reclaim the unified heavyweight titles from the slick southpaw in a potentially career-defining Saudi showdown a fortnight on Saturday. 3Anthony Joshua will rematch Oleksandr Usyk in a crunch rematch later this monthCredit: GETTY 3AJ recently appointed Robert Garcia as his head coach for the crunch rematchCredit: SNAPCHAT 3And Frazer Clarke reckons Garcia has "pulled the bad guy" out of the former champCredit: TWITTER Joshua, 32, brought in multiple-time world-champion coach Garcia to help him get the better of the undefeated Ukrainian second time around. And training partner Frazer Clarke believes the renowned coach has brought out a previously-unseen vicious streak in the former champ. He told Sky Sports: "I feel like [Joshua is] a nice guy. I think someone had to pull the bad guy out of him. I think Robert Garcia was good to do that. "He pulled out the not give a s**t about anyone apart from winning this fight. He's brought...
    ANTHONY JOSHUA is "confident" the addition of Robert Garcia will help him exact revenge on Oleksandr Usyk in their Saudi showdown later this month. The Watford warrior, 32, brought in the 14-time world champion coach earlier this year after axing long-time trainer Robert McCracken following his lopsided points defeat to the Ukrainian last September. 3Anthony Joshua will renew his rivalry with Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia later this monthCredit: REUTERS 3AJ has cooked up an aggressive game plan along with help of new coach Robert GarciaCredit: MARC ASPLAND 3The former champ is confident the addition of Garcia will bring him victory in SaudiCredit: ANTHONY JOSHUA Joshua has been cooking up an aggressive game plan for the Saudi showdown with Garcia for close to a year and believes their new approach will end the slick southpaw's reign as unified heavyweight king. Promoter Eddie Hearn said: “I think [Joshua] is confident about the gameplan, he’s confident about what he’s got to do, and I think he’s in a great place. “He knows the mistakes he’s made in the past, and he knows...
    ANTHONY JOSHUA has been urged to ditch his hulking body if he wants to win his crunch rematch with Oleksandr Usyk. The Watford warrior will bid to reclaim the unified heavyweight titles from the slick southpaw in a high-stakes Saudi showdown next month. 4Anthony Joshua will rematch Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia in AugustCredit: PA 4Joshua was huffing and puffing in the closing stages of his Tottenham tussle with the Ukrainian last SeptemberCredit: GETTY 4AJ has been urged to trim down for his Saudi showdown with the slick southpawCredit: PA 4Former light-heavyweight king Andre Ward has urged AJ to ditch some of his muscleCredit: Getty Joshua, 32, tired in the closing stages of his lopsided points defeat to the undefeated Ukrainian at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last September and was almost stopped in the final round. And former two-weight world champion Andre Ward believes the burly Brit should burn through some of his bulging muscles to avoid huffing and puffing in the decisive desert dust-up. He said: “Man I’ve been trying to tell Anthony Joshua for the past six or...
    ANTHONY JOSHUA won't retire from boxing if he's turned over again in his high-stakes rematch with Oleksandr Usyk. The Watford warrior will bid to reclaim the unified heavyweight titles from the slick southpaw in a pivotal Saudi showdown on August 20. 3Anthony Joshua will renew his rivalry with Oleksandr Usyk on August 20Credit: GETTY 3Some boxing fans have tipped AJ to retire if he loses to the Ukrainian againCredit: Reuters 3But promoter Eddie Hearn is adamant the Brit won't retire on the back of another lossCredit: GETTY A second successive defeat to the Ukrainian could very well make AJ an outsider in the stacked heavyweight division, although promoter Eddie Hearn is adamant it wouldn't spell the end of the British bruiser's career. When asked about the prospect of Joshua retiring after another defeat to Usyk, Hearn said: "No, I would be shocked. “AJ loves fighting; boxing is everything to him. When he lost to Usyk, the amount of people in the industry messaged me, saying, ‘I think he should retire now.’ "I said, ‘He just lost to the pound-for-pound #1...
    ANTHONY JOSHUA has every chance of settling the score with Oleksandr Usyk if he carries his immense self "belief" into the ring. The Watford warrior will bid to exact his revenge on the slick southpaw in a high-stakes rematch in Saudi Arabia next month. 3Anthony Joshua will rematch Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia next mothCredit: Reuters 3AJ was turned over the slick southpaw in their Tottenham tussle last SeptemberCredit: GETTY 3Tony Bellew has urged AJ to carry self-belief into the high-stakes rematchCredit: REUTERS Joshua, 32, has enlisted the services of 14-time world champion coach Robert Garcia for the crunch clash after axing long-time trainer Robert McCracken. But Tony Bellew believes the mental aspect of the fight will be the biggest obstacle for the Brit to overcome in the desert dust-up. The former WBC cruiserweight champion told iFL TV: "He is more than capable of beating any heavyweight in the world. "He has all the attributes and has the physical ability to beat anybody. READ MORE IN SPORTWRITTEN IN THE SPARS Heavyweight who sparred BOTH reveals how AJ can overcome Usyk's...
    EDDIE HEARN admits he's "almost out of time" to finalise Anthony Joshua's do-or-die rematch with Oleksandr Usyk. AJ's second showdown with the slick southpaw is slated to take place in Saudi Arabia on July 23 but contracts have yet to be signed. 3Anthony Joshua's rematch with Oleksandr Usyk is set to take place in Saudi on July 23Credit: GETTY 3But contracts for the high-stakes rematch have not yet been signedCredit: GETTY 3But promoter Eddie Hearn admits time is running out to finalise the proposed dateCredit: REUTERS And with less than eight weeks remaining until the proposed desert dust-up, time is fast running out for Hearn to organise a whistle-stop tour to promote the bout. The Matchroom Boxing chief said: “July 23 in the Middle East is the frontrunner. "We’re almost out of time for that date if we don’t get the deal done this week. "I’m hoping we can give you two big pieces of news this week. READ MORE IN SPORTbody belter Watch Anthony Joshua throw thudding body shots as Brit practices for Usyk "That will be Canelo...
    ANTHONY JOSHUA "has all the beatings" of Oleksandr Usyk going into their high-stakes rematch. Joshua was turned over by the undefeated Ukranian in their Tottenham tussle last September as he unwisely tried to outbox the slick southpaw. 3Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk will renew their rivalry this summerCredit: GETTY 3AJ was turned over by the slick southpaw last SeptemberCredit: Getty 3But Johnny Nelson is believes the Brit will have the beating of Usyk second time aroundCredit: REUTERS But former undisputed cruiserweight champion Johnny Nelson believes AJ has the skills in his locker to become a three-time heavyweight titleholder. He told Planet Sport: "I think it's a hard fight, I think it's a harder rematch for AJ than the Ruiz rematch was. "It's not an impossible task or ask, I think AJ has all the beatings of Usyk. "I've seen Usyk from the early days, seven fights in as a pro and I said this young man is the heir apparent. READ MORE IN SPORTHEAR ME OUT Hearn casts doubt over Joshua vs Usyk rematch should there be one more delay...
    ANTHONY JOSHUA told promoter Eddie Hearn there was 'no way' in hell he'd accept a step-aside deal that would allow Tyson Fury to face Oleksandr Usyk after having a warm-up fight. AJ was offered a whopping £15million payday to walk away from his rematch with Usyk so Fury could face the southpaw in a multi-million-pound undisputed fight in Saudi Arabia. 4Anthony Joshua entertained a step-aside offer from Tyson Fury to walk away from his rematch with Oleksandr UsykCredit: Reuters 4But Fury reportedly changed terms of the deal so he could have a warm-up fight firstCredit: PA 4And AJ told promoter Eddie Hearn there's 'no way' he'd allow the Gypsy King to have a warm-up fight firstCredit: REX A deal was close to being struck until Fury revealed he wanted to get one fight in before facing the undefeated Ukrainian, a change of plan Watford warrior Joshua immediately shut down. Promoter Eddie Hearn told iFL TV: "All those conversations were instigated by Tyson Fury's team. "We were prepared to listen and try make it happen. "If it made AJ get a...
    ANTHONY JOSHUA has fallen to FIFTH place in the WBA rankings ahead of his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk. Joshua, 32, had the unified heavyweight titles ripped from his clutches in his Tottenham tussle with the slick southpaw last September. 4Anthony Joshua has fallen to fifth in the WBA rankings following his defeat to Oleksandr UsykCredit: PA 4Joshua has fallen behind Tyson Fury's cousin Hughie in the WBA rankingsCredit: PA 4Rookie heavyweight Daniel Dubois tops the WBA's heavyweight rankingsCredit: Getty And the World Boxing Association haven't looked favourably on their former champion following his defeat to his fellow London 2012 gold medallist. The Watford warrior is now behind Hughie Fury - the cousin of WBC champ Tyson - Robert Helenius and Michael Hunter in the WBA's heavyweight pecking order. And to make matters worse for Joshua, he's also behind rookie Britsh heavyweight Daniel Dubois - who tops the list. Unified heavyweight champ Usyk - who currently possesses the WBA strap - sits atop of the organisation's rankings. Joshua and Usyk will renew their rivalry later this year, with SunSport understanding their...
    ANTHONY JOSHUA has promised to bring back the 'energy' he had in his legendary clash with Wladimir Klitschko in his potentially do-or-die rematch with Oleksandr Usyk. AJ will bid to reclaim the unified heavyweight titles he lost to the undefeated Ukrainian early next year. 4Anthony Joshua suffered a unanimous decision defeat to Oleksandr Usyk in SeptemberCredit: Reuters 4Defeat to the Ukrainian ended Joshua's reign as unified heavyweight champCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4And AJ has vowed to bring back the 'energy' he had in his clash with Wladimir Klitschko for the crunch rematchCredit: GETTY And the Watford warrior plans to throw caution to the wind in the crunch clash with the same aggressive approach he used in his 2017 classic with the retired Klitschko. During a JD Sports round table, he said: "I'm gonna bring that energy back. But I'm not gonna go into my training and all that." Joshua, 32, recorded a stunning 11th-round KO victory over Klitschko in front of a sold-out Wembley Stadium to become unified heavyweight champion. And four years removed from his first coronation, the...
    CONOR MCGREGOR and Dustin Poirier took part in a cordial but tense face-off this afternoon ahead of their rematch with weekend. The former featherweight rivals will rematch one another on Saturday night in the main event of UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi, which will close out the promotion's third 'Fight Island' stint. McGregor and Poirier, both 32, went face-to-face with one another for the first time since their showdown six years ago after the culmination of their press conference, which was streamed across the world. ???????????????????? ???????????????????? ???????? ???????????? ????????????????????????.???? @DustinPoirier vs. ???????? @TheNotoriousMMA 2️⃣. #UFC257???? WATCH LIVE on @BTSport Box Office pic.twitter.com/6JmH3Q7JRG— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) January 21, 2021 4Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor face off after the UFC 257 press conferenceCredit: SUNSPORT/CHISANGAMALATA 4Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor face the crowd after their staredownCredit: SUNSPORT/CHISANGAMALATA And the pair, who are on significantly better terms than they were earlier in their careers, took part in a cordial and heated staredown. McGregor and Poirier's first meeting took place nearly seven years ago on the main card of UFC 178 in Las Vegas. That...
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