When boxers lose, it’s important for their confidence to be able to attribute that loss to something they can overcome.
We saw it when Deontay Wilder was beaten by Tyson Fury in their rematch and before the third fight he came out with every excuse in the book, from a heavy walking suit to his spiked water.
As for Anthony Joshua, he believes his loss to Oleksandr Usyk was due to the Ukrainian’s southpaw position.
“I need adjustments to deal with a southpaw because to me those southpaws are a nightmare,” admitted Joshua.
“I swear if Oleksandr wasn’t left-handed, I would have smoked him. One hundred percent.”
This isn’t the first time Joshua has struggled with a southpaw, as he faced southpaw Roberto Cammarelle in the London 2012 Olympics final.
Joshua managed to emerge victorious and win the gold medal but it was anything but a comfortable win as he entered the final round on the judges scorecards and even today Cammarelle is challenging the decision. .
As well as lacking experience against Usyk’s southpaw position, ‘AJ’ also admitted he used the wrong tactic in the first fight and will be looking to make some major changes ahead of the rematch on the 20th. august.
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“It sounds crazy, but I’m not going to lie. My goal was never to hurt him, to land damaging punches,” Joshua revealed.
“My goal was to go the full 12 rounds and prove that I could box as well as him. To land punches.
“But I haven’t worked hard enough to prepare for a 12 round fight at this rate. I was not in the right frame of mind. The one about wanting to get in there and smash it.
“Using my size and power this time is obvious, isn’t it?” But working on it is easier said than done.
“I want to hurt him this time, despite all my respect for what he did during the war in Ukraine.
“I know that if I use my elements of size and strength, I will have a better chance of winning.”
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