Anthony Joshua insists he ‘HAD to make changes’ after disappointing defeat to Oleksandr Usyk… with an ‘angry’ AJ seeking help in the United States as he looks to avenge his loss
- Anthony Joshua was convincingly beaten on points by Oleksandr Usyk
- The British heavyweight had no answers for the Ukrainian back in September
- AJ says he knows he can perform better as he targets success in the rematch
- The 32-year-old also described himself as ‘angry’ – but that is fuelling his training
Anthony Joshua has revealed he has made some changes to his training routine as he targets avenging his loss to Oleksandr Usyk next year.
The British heavyweight lost for the second time in his career in September, when the Ukrainian outclassed him to win unanimously on points at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
A rematch is likely to be played out early in 2022 and Joshua admits he has had to look at himself in the aftermath, and has thus made appropriate changes.
Anthony Joshua has made some changes to his training routine after losing to Oleksandr Usyk
The British heavyweight has been seeking help in the United States (right) ahead of a rematch
The 32-year-old has beens seeking help in the United States as he trains with next year in mind, admitting that there is a lot of ‘tension brewing’ at the moment.
‘I had to make changes. If you remain the same, you get the same results. I’ve got to look at myself, I can only be accountable for me,’ he told the BBC.
‘I’m angry at myself and the only way I can be in a better place is to get myself right by going out there and performing.
‘It’s going to be like this for a few months. I do things with a smile on my face, but behind that, there’s a lot of tension brewing and the only way to get it out is by training and performing.
Joshua says he knows he can perform better as he targets success in the rematch next year
‘I know I can be better than that night. It’s easier to say than it is to do, but within my heart and soul, my brain and body, I truly feel I’ve got a lot more to give.
‘I’m angry. It’s growing, but it’s fuelling me every day.’
Rematch negotiations with Usyk, who is unbeaten as a pro, are ongoing but a date in March is said to be the most likely.