Anthony Joshua could be dangerous during the 12-round bout, his former opponent and another former heavyweight world champion Joseph Parker said.
Parker was the first to cross the championship gap with Joshua when he lost his WBO belt to the then unified champion in 2018.
The New Zealander has dismissed Joshua’s conditional offers that will let him down in his epic rematch with Oleksandr Usyk, live Sky Sports Box Office on August 20.
Parker said of Joshua: “He can always be dangerous. “He possesses the innate heavyweight ability to hurt people and hurt other heavyweights. Let’s see what his plan is in this fight and see where his head is. You can be great physically but mentally if you’re not there it’s a waste of time.
“He’s a good champion and he can win it again. It’s only now that he and his new team make the changes he needs to attack what Usyk is going to do. There’s a lot of support for him. People are supporting him in the UK. But Usyk also has a lot of support from his home, so we’ll see what happens. .”
Parker of New Zealand takes on Joe Joyce on September 24 to decide the top contender to challenge winner Usyk-Joshua. Therefore, he was very attentive to that August 20 clash for the WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight belts.
“I will have to stand with Usyk [winning] just because of the confidence that he would join from the very first battle. But it’s going to be fun,” Parker said Sports sky.
“I see it as a great fight. The first match was a great fight. Not sure what Joshua is doing with his team, in terms of changing his coach and how he will manage. tweaked and changed his style in the second game.”
To fight the winner Usyk-Joshua, Parker will have to defeat Joyce twice. The Londoner has a rematch clause that he can trigger if he loses the first contest.
“The plan is just to focus on this fight, get the job done and then rematch in December. Let’s do the same thing, get the job done and win and see what’s next. Heavyweight division. It’s always changing. It doesn’t stay. Parker says:
“My plan is to win. Every war is win, win, win,” he continued. “Win, then rematch in December and win again on Sky. The first match will be on BT and the second will be on Sky. They want a rematch clause to protect them.” guard [his position].
“If it’s an interesting fight, I think people would love to watch it again but if not, we’re still stuck in this rematch clause.”
Given their respective styles, this will most likely be an intense fight. “He’s tough,” Parker said of Joyce. “It’s very difficult, the fight is tough, the challenge is big. He’s bigger than me.
“His record speaks for itself. Fourteen games, 13 knocks. He’s got the power, he’s got a great engine, we’ve seen that he can perform. a punch and he ranks high in WBO and WBC compared to myself and there’s a reason why Because he’s a big challenge to anyone and he has a great amateur pedigree .
“I think it’s going to be a great fight and hopefully it will live up to what we think it should or could be.”
Joshua training camp details
Olympic super heavyweight bronze medalist and boxing captain Frazer Clarke of Team GB trained with Joshua in Loughborough.
He was in camp before the former champion set up his training base in Jeddah for the final few weeks before the Usyk rematch.
Clarke was impressed with what he saw and was adamant that Joshua’s condition would survive.
“He’s running. He’s running and it’s hard to find the right person,” Clarke said Sports sky. “[People say,] ‘AJ is big, he’s muscular, he’s explosive after six rounds. “He’s running and training really hard.
“Running isn’t the be-all and end-all but he’s working really hard to combat that. It’s one of the things he’s realized he can improve on from the first game. And it’s simple math, I haven’t done enough of this, “Clarke continues,” so I’ll do more of this.
“You have about 10 boxes when a boxer enters a fight that you need to tick. If you tick 8 of them, you might get lucky, you can win. If you tick 10 of those boxes, you might get lucky. Um, among them, you give yourself every chance.
“For me, he’s ticking all the boxes.”
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