Negotiations are underway for the rematch in April between Anthony Joshua and IBF/IBF Heavyweight Champion Oleksandr Usyk. Promoter Eddie Hearn says his preference is to stage the fight in the UK rather than elsewhere as he did in AJ’s rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr in December 2019.
Hearn is starting to sign worried about Joshua, which isn’t surprising. Joshua can no longer be counted on to win fights, and there is a sense of danger surrounding his matches nowadays.
According to Hearn, 32-year-old Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) is in a position where he needs to win. He’s lost two of his last four fights since 2019, and some boxing fans say 6’6 has passed him by Joshua and should consider calling it a day in his nine-year professional career.
Even if Joshua wins, how long before he gets hit again? Those defeats are coming too quickly now for the 2012 Olympic gold medalist from Great Britain, and they can’t be resolved once longtime coach Rob McCracken is ditched in favor of a new coach, who will tell him the exact same things.
Ultimately, what it comes down to is whether Joshua has the punch resistance, stamina and mentality to perform at the sport’s highest levels. Changing coaches likely won’t fix any of Joshua’s inherent flaws. You will just add a different person that can be New scapegoat Because when things don’t go with Joshua.
“It’s a must have for Anthony Joshua. Hearn told the 5 Live Boxing Podcast.
Joshua’s loss would be his third in his last five fights and would be a clear sign that his days are numbered in this game. How far will Joshua let his career falter after a second defeat at the hands of Usyk?
It would be foolish for Joshua and Hearn to try to convince Usyk to give them another fight, hoping that they could fix the flaws that led to the second defeat.
As it stands, it’s crazy for Joshua to go straight to a rematch with Usyk because he has so many things he has to work on to improve enough to have a real chance to avenge his loss. But if Joshua loses this time, he should really give up on the idea of fighting Usyk again, and let Hearn carefully match him against the guys who are sure to win him over.
In other words, he should get Joshua Hearn to match him as he did in the early days of his career when he was feeding a limited number of men like Charles Martin, Eric Molina and Kevin Johnson.
You can understand why Hearn felt it was important to have the Joshua vs. Usyk 2 in the UK. Unlike last time, Joshua was defeated in a surprise knockout loss to Andy Ruiz Jr, and there is less chance of success in a rematch with Usyk.
It was obvious what Joshua could do to avenge his loss to the 283-pound Ruiz. All Joshua had to do to hit him was to adopt Wladimir Klitschko’s hitting, moving, and holding style to block his delusion.
Against Usyk, the chances of Joshua succeeding in using this style are slim because the Ukrainian is highly mobile and knows how to handle Klitschko’s style. The only thing Joshua could do differently in the rematch is impose his size and hope Usek collapses early. If he doesn’t, Joshua may be in trouble.
“April is the likely date for that. “I feel like it’s a fight that’s going to happen in the UK again,” Hearn said of Joshua’s match against USIC 2 again. “Tottenham [Tottenham Hotspur stadium] It would be a great place to revisit. Hearn said.
“Once you start to get to April, early May, the weather gets a little better. We have a number of international shows.
“I don’t see that as an obvious departure, to get rid of everyone. I feel like it’s an adjustment,” Hearn said of Joshua making changes with his coaching staff.
“He knows he has to get this right. He’s been doing the work behind the scenes to make sure he’s building the right environment and team.”