- Anthony Joshua opts for immediate rematch with Oleksandr Usyk
- Danbury-based promoter sees Usyk win over Joshua once again
- Ex-cruiserweight champion warns Joshua and Dillian Whyte to challenge Tyson Fury
With most still high on Tyson Fury’s successful heavyweight title defense against Deontay Wilder over the weekend, Anthony Joshua’s name has popped up again.
However, the 31-year-old needs to sort out his issues for now.
He just lost against Oleksandr Usyk on September 25 by unanimous decision. Based on the latest reports, “AJ” has exercised his right to a rematch, ESPN reported.
“Back in the game and looking for him to become a three-time world champion,” promoter Eddie Hearn said on Sunday, October 10.
Not all of them give Joshua much of a chance against Usyk in the rematch. That’s unless he can find a way to sharpen his craft.
This is something that Danbury-based boxing promoter AJ Galante pointed out when he appeared on the Sports podcast for all PH hosted by Vincent Juico and Brian Yalung.
“If it was me who guided his career, I don’t think I would take the rematch. I think nothing will change. I think what they really need to do, in my opinion, is take a step back and look at their training camp and see how they can adjust. Maybe find him another opponent, a top guy he could be stylistically better against, ”Galante said.
As far as Galante is concerned, Joshua has to work on a lot of things ranging from his fighting style to his physique.
“Anthony Johnson is a good fighter but he has to change what he does. I think he is too bulky, I think he has too much muscle. I understand that as a heavyweight you have to be strong, but he is very one dimensional. I think he needs to move a little better, work on his defense, ”explained Galante.
“You know, these fighters, it’s really a mental thing. They must regain self-confidence. I certainly wouldn’t take revenge just yet, that’s for sure. Maybe in the future, but not now. I think the result would be the same. Maybe a year or two, ”he added.
Galante’s comments come close to what former British cruiserweight champion Johnny Nelson gave when he spoke to IFL TV.
He was quite impressed with “The Gypsy King” victory over Wilder and pointed out that Joshua or even Dillian Whyte would find it difficult against someone he called “the whole package.”
“Look, Dillian and AJ are my boys, but I’m telling you now, these boys have to understand that they’re allying with someone who’s proven to be a fighter and everything,” Nelson said.