WATCH: Anthony Joshua Meets Canelo Alvarez in America, Tries to Learn Spanish

Published 10/18/2021, 5:42 PM EDT


Anthony Joshua tasted defeat for the second time in September against Oleksandr Usyk.

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Right from the get-go, many were aware of the threat that the fighter from Ukraine would pose to Joshua. Usyk’s movement, footwork, and defense are unlike anything any heavyweight has ever faced before.

Experts and analysts predicted that AJ would make severe adjustments to his natural game to move past his opponent. However, the two-time unified heavyweight champ failed to match his opponent’s speed, movement, and agility and lost by unanimous decision.

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Anthony Joshua was recently pictured at Canelo Alvarez and Eddy Reynoso’s gym in San Diego. Moreover, recent social media posts prove that Eddie Hearn was also there in the gym with Canelo and Reynoso on Saturday.

A new video released by EsNews shows Anthony Joshua at the San Diego gym chopping it up with the p4p king himself. Canelo can be seen laughing at the former heavyweight champion trying to learn and pick up on Spanish.

Is this the start of a new partnership between Team Canelo and AJ?

How can Team Canelo help Anthony Joshua prepare for the Usyk rematch?

Matchroom top boss Eddie Hearn recently announced that Anthony Joshua has now triggered the rematch clause in his contract. On the other hand, Usyk said right after his win on Sep 25 that he would like to run it back with AJ next.

He claimed that AJ is now back in the gym. Hearn is now looking forward to becoming a three-time heavyweight world champion in the spring of next year.

He’s got his head back in the game, he’s training, now we’ve officially triggered the rematch for the Oleksandr Usyk which we’ll see early next spring. Back in the game and looking for him to become a three-time heavyweight world champion,” said Eddie Hearn.

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Boxing – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk Weigh-in – The O2, London, Britain – September 24, 2021 Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk during the weigh-in as promoter Eddie Hearn looks on Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Anthony Joshua clearly wants to make the right adjustments; it seems he is now taking huge steps to counter Usyk’s game plan in their rematch next year.

If AJ teams up with Canelo Alvarez and Eddy Reynoso, Oleksandr Usyk could be in for some significant changes in his opponent’s game. In the first fight, Joshua did not show much agility in striking, movement, defense, and footwork.   These are some areas where Eddy Reynoso could help AJ improve.

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Do you think this is the right direction for Joshua to head into?

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused his passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the sweet science, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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