Anthony Joshua will enter his rematch against Oleksandr Usyk with destructive intent, thanks to his new practice squad.
Joshua has brought in Robert Garcia to join Angel Fernandez in his corner and under their guidance the former world heavyweight champion will seek a knockout finish in his rematch with Usyk.
Cruiserweight Richard Riakporhe, who is also trained by Fernandez and had Garcia in his corner for his last fight, has been in camp with Joshua as they prepare for the August 20 fight with Usyk, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
“Both [Garcia and Fernandez] have a similar type of mentality – very, very aggressive. Very aggressive coaches, that’s their tactic. They don’t mind coming in,” Riakporhe said. sky sports.
“All they care about is going to war, going to war but with intelligence. But we’re going to have to impose our will on our opponent. That’s the philosophy and it’s all about knockouts.
“That’s all they care about, honestly, knocking them out and then how they get knocked out. Because you can’t go there just throwing bombs and not expect things to come back. Obviously you have to be really strategic.It’s about the results and that’s all they care about.
“Garcia, one thing I learned about him is that he brings that mentality, that Mexican mentality – it’s good to take one, give them two.”
In his loss to Usyk last September, Joshua held off his opponent and often looked to box from distance. This allowed the fight to slip away from him. But AJ’s approach to the second round, predicts Riakporhe, will be very different.
“I saw how he was doing in training and he’s definitely not going to try to do that boxing thing he did last year,” the Londoner said. “You’re going to see this old school fighter. I know that because he trained like that.
“That’s the kind of mentality they have. Kill or be killed. That’s what I adopted and it changed everything. You can feel the aura, you can see it. You can see that this guy is a dangerous man. I think that’s what you’re going to see from Joshua on August 20, you’re going to see something different.”
However, Riakporhe knows how tough Usyk will be to beat.
“Don’t get me wrong, this is a tough test. I believe Usyk is the most technically gifted fighter in the world and not just technically gifted but mentally ready for war,” the 32-year-old said. “It’s the worst combination.
“It’s the worst combination because you have one that just doesn’t have the other, but he has both, which makes it a double trouble, so AJ knows he has to be on his A-game. .
“In AJ’s situation, to come back as a three-time world champion is special. Three-time unified heavyweight world champion is rare. It’s a beautiful thing and it’s something to build on. he concentrated.
“I believe it will come.”
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