‘People have been hitting the canvas’


Anthony Joshua has vowed to be more aggressive in his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk and if his sparring is anything to go by, that is exactly what we can expect.

In the first fight, Usyk masterfully outboxed his British rival and Joshua was widely criticised in the aftermath for being gun-shy and engaging in a boxing chess match with one of the most technically gifted boxers on the planet.

Usyk outboxed and almost knocked Joshua out in their first fight

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Usyk outboxed and almost knocked Joshua out in their first fight

Ahead of the rematch on August 20 – live on talkSPORT – in Saudi Arabia, AJ has insisted he wants a knockout and he will be using his physical advantages to make that happen.

One man who has seen Joshua’s preparations first hand is his camp manager, David Ghansa, who was able to give some telling insight into Joshua’s sparring sessions.

“We’ve had as many as 13 sparring partners in,” Ghansa told Sky Sports. “People have been hitting the canvas.

“They came in and knew it could happen and got paid for that and I’m not going to hide it.

“People have been hitting the canvas in sparring. It’s been happening.”

As for Joshua himself, he is keeping his cards close to his chest when asked about these sparring stories.


Joshua has regularly been posting to social media showing that he is working hard ahead of the rematch

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Joshua has regularly been posting to social media showing that he is working hard ahead of the rematch

“I don’t talk about that stuff,” Joshua said. “All that stuff is only good for that day, it’s Saturday that happens.

“I’m lost for words because all that matters is Saturday.”

Joshua’s sparring partners for this rematch have included plenty of southpaws and a good mix of youth and experience.

From the Adedeji Adegbola who once scored a 15-second KO to the 18-year-old GB tri-nations champion, Isaac Okoh, and 6 foot 6 Agron Smakici who has a professional record of 19-1, with 17 KO’s, Joshua has all bases covered.

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