ANTHONY JOSHUA is “more than capable” of avenging his loss to Oleksandr Usyk if he implements the “adjustments” he’s made in preparation for their rematch.
The Watford warrior will bid to reclaim the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles from the Ukrainian in a pivotal Saudi showdown on Saturday night.
Anthony Joshua will rematch Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia on Saturday
AJ was turned over by the slick southpaw in their Tottenham tussle last September
AJ has vowed to be more aggressive in their desert dust-up
Training partner Lawrence Okolie believes AJ can get the job done second time around
AJ tried to outbox the slick southpaw in their Tottenham tussle last September and ended up suffering a lopsided points defeat.
But training partner and good pal Lawrence Okolie reckons he can become a three-time heavyweight champion if he sticks to the secret game plan he’s been honing for the last eight months.
The WBO cruiserweight champion told SunSport: “Some of those adjustments, which I don’t want to go too much into, are showing a bit in the little techniques that he’s been working on in training with me.
“I’m obviously an almost opposite style to Usyk, so it’s hard to deal with when he would try those techniques with me.
“But it [his most recent training with AJ] was good and I look forward to them clashing again and that’s it.”
Joshua, 32, has cooked up an aggressive game plan with new trainer Robert Garcia for the desert dust-up.
And Okolie believes calculated aggression will see AJ detonate one of his trademark right hands flush on the chin of the twinkle-toed Usyk.
Okolie said of the two-time heavyweight champion: “He’s more than capable of avenging the loss.
“He’s a professional, two-time heavyweight world champion and Olympic gold medallist.
“And he’s a 17-stone man. He hits hard enough to end the fight.
“So if he can land the shots and set it up properly, he can end the fight.
“He’s more than capable of doing it. Obviously, it’s a good, hard fight but it’s more than doable.”
Joshua doesn’t plan on outpointing his way to revenge against Usyk as he did in his 2019 rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr.
The Olympic gold medallist said: “I will do my best and win by knockout.”