Via Jack Tiernan: Audley Harrison says Anthony Joshua will need to use fundamentals for him to have a chance of beating unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk in a rematch this summer in July.
Audley agrees with Joshua that he should jump on Usyk soon, but he wants him to be smart about it by using his jab to get in position to bomb him.
Joshua made a mistake the last time he played against Usyk, which resulted in him losing a disappointing 12th round decider in London.
2000 Olympic gold medalist Harrison thinks Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) was in a hurry to pursue his amateur career without the time to learn the key boxing skills he needed at the pro , and now he has paid the price with losses to Usyk and Andy Ruiz Jr.
Harrison feels that without 32-year-old Joshua taking the boxing fundamentals training course, he would have problems in his rematch with the undefeated Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs).
In contrast, two-time Olympian champion Usyk had a long amateur career, which ended with a record of 335-15. He learned the fundamentals, which helped him overcome Joshua’s enormous size and strength advantage during their fight last September at the Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium in London, Brother.
“He has a hard time with Usyk because Usyk is technically from an amateur background. Audley Harrison said Russia and Ukraine have a history of producing good boxers. talkSPORT Boxing in the rematch Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk.
“He was saying, ‘I have to be tougher and I have to jump on him,’ and I think he needs to jump on Usyk. But he has to do it with the right fundamentals,” Harrison continued about Joshua.
“There are a lot of little tricks he needs to do in his next fight. He can’t just jump on him. If you don’t use your jab, Usyk will keep stepping in and making it easy.
“Every time he approached, you have to beat him and turn around. Joshua didn’t do any of that. He can jump on him and knock him down, but it’s going to take you too long to do that. Joshua, I don’t think,” Audley said.
There’s not much time for Joshua to learn all he needs to beat Usyk, but he’ll have to do the best he can with limited time.
“He didn’t look like a Tyson who was going to win no matter what or like a Ricky Hatton who would do those shots just to win the show,” Audley said of Joshua.
“Joshua doesn’t have that style. So I think he just needs to add some fundamentals to his game and have a clear game plan, and a pick two if that doesn’t work. You have to have a plan-A and a plan-B, and I think he’ll be fine,” Audley said.