Anthony Joshua Told to Revive ‘The Old AJ of Destruction and Destroy’

Published 01/16/2022, 8:30 AM EST
Boxing – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk Weigh-in – The O2, London, Britain – September 24, 2021 Anthony Joshua during the weigh-in Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Anthony Joshua resides in the most vulnerable spot in the heavyweight picture right now. The hard hitter succumbed to his second pro-boxing loss last year to Oleksandr Usyk. With that, he also lost his hard-earned heavyweight titles. Now Joshua is eager to step inside the ring again and settle his scores with the Ukrainian boxer.

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However, many rivals of ‘AJ’, alongside some boxing purists, believe Usyk is too good for him. But, one of Joshua’s compatriots, and fellow heavyweight fighter, Daniel Dubois, recently revealed how the ex-champ can revive himself.

Speaking to Boxing Social, he said, “So, pushing him back and going back to the old AJ of destruction and destroy. We’ll see; it should be interesting, whether or not he [Joshua] wins,” (h/t Boxing News 24)

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Oleksandr Usyk schooled the Briton in their first collision last year. Coming into this fight, Usyk had a stern game plan of constantly moving, keeping Joshua on his toes.

‘The Cat’s body movements and leg movements helped him stay out of Joshua’s range. On top of this, he kept his head moving to not get caught with ‘AJ’s signature right hand. Usyk also cut the gap to enter Joshua’s defense and land his jabs and straight lefts.

In all, ‘AJ’ hardly enjoyed some moments in rounds 5 and 6. But Usyk held major control of the fight and he only leveraged it in later rounds. In round 12, the undefeated fighter was on the brink of knocking the Brit out. However, Joshua saved himself somehow.

Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk 2 – When is it happening?

Anthony Joshua has triggered his rematch clause with Oleksandr Usyk. That said, we expect a fight between the two men to materialize by April or May.

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Boxing – WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 25, 2021 Anthony Joshua reacts after his fight against Oleksandr Usyk Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Joshua still has a substantial time to prepare for his rival and he has a mammoth responsibility on his shoulders.

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The world will be watching if ‘AJ’ chalks out a plan to beat Usyk this time. Because if he fails to do so, Joshua will be out of the race to fight for the heavyweight titles once again.

What do you make of Dubois’ above comments?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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