Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk: AJ dangerous during 12-round bout, says former champion Joseph Parker | box news

Anthony Joshua can be dangerous over the course of a 12-round bout, says former opponent and another former heavyweight champion, Joseph Parker.

Parker became the first man to go the championship distance with Joshua when he lost the WBO belt to the then-unified champion in 2018.

The New Zealander dismissed suggestions Joshua’s conditioning will let him down in his monumental rematch with Oleksandr Usyk, live on Sky Sports box office on 08/20

“He can always be dangerous,” Parker said of Joshua. “He has a natural heavyweight ability to hurt people and hurt other heavyweights. Let’s see what his plan brings to this fight and see where his head is. You can be in great shape physically, but mentally if you’re not there it’s a waste of time.

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Joe Joyce and Joseph Parker battle to become the leading contender to challenge the Usyk-Joshua rematch winner in September

“He was a good champion and he can be champion again. It’s up to him. It’s up to him and his new team to make the changes he needs to attack, which Usyk will bring. There’s a lot of support.” for him. Everyone supports him here in the UK. But Usyk also got a lot of support from home, so we’ll see what happens.”

New Zealand’s Parker will fight Joe Joyce on September 24 to determine the leading contender to challenge the Usyk-Joshua winner. He’s keeping a close eye on the August 20th fight for the WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles.

“I would have to side with Usyk [winning] just because of the confidence he will come with from the first fight. But it’s going to be interesting,” Parker said Sky Sports.

“I see it was a great fight. The first fight was a fantastic fight. I’m not sure what Joshua is doing with his team in terms of the coaching change and how he’s going to adapt and change his style coming into the second fight.”

To advance to the Usyk-Joshua winner, Parker would have to beat Joyce twice. The Londoner has a rematch clause that he can trigger if he loses the first fight.

“The plan is to just focus on this fight, get the work done and then fight again in December. Do the same, get the job done and win and see what comes next. The heavyweight division is always changing. She doesn’t stay in one position for a long time. They have the rematch with Joshua and Usyk and things could change, someone else could come into play,” Parker said.

Anthony Joshua, Joseph Parker
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Joseph Parker became the first man to lead Anthony Joshua over the 12-lap distance.

“My plan is to win. Every fight is win, win, win,” he continued. “Win, then fight again in December and win again on Sky. The first fight will take place on BT and the second fight on Sky. They wanted a rematch clause for protection [his position].

“If it’s an exciting fight, I think people would love to see it again, but if it’s not, we’re still stuck in that rematch clause.”

Given their respective styles, it’s bound to be an exciting fight. “He’s tough,” Parker said of Joyce. “Very hard, very hard fight, big challenge. He is bigger than me.

“His record speaks for itself. Fourteen fights, 13 knockouts. He’s got power, he’s got a great motor, we’ve seen him pack a punch and he ranks high above me in the WBO and WBC and there’s a reason for that because he’s a big challenge for everyone and a has a great amateur pedigree.

“I think it’s going to be a great fight and hopefully it lives up to what we think it should be or could be.”

Insight into the Joshua training camp

Olympic super heavyweight bronze medalist and Team GB boxing captain Frazer Clarke has been training alongside Joshua at Loughborough.

He was at camp before the former champion set up his training base in Jeddah for the final few weeks ahead of the Usyk rematch.

Clarke was impressed by what he saw and is adamant that Joshua’s conditioning will last.

“He runs. He runs hard to get fitter,” Clarke said Sky Sports. “[People say,] “AJ’s big, he’s full of muscle, he blows out after six rounds.” He runs and trains very hard.

“Running isn’t the be-all and end-all, but he trains very hard to counteract it. It’s one of the things he realized he could improve on from the first fight. And it’s simple math, I haven’t done enough of it. ‘ Clarke continued, ‘so I’m going to do more of this. Tick ​​this box.

“As a fighter, you have about 10 boxes to tick. If you tick eight of them, maybe you’re lucky, you could win. If you tick 10 of them, you give yourself every chance.”

“He meets all the criteria for me.”

Anthony Joshua’s huge heavyweight rematch against Oleksandr Usyk takes place live on Sky Sports Box Office on Saturday 20 August. Book Usyk vs. Joshua 2 now!

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