Joe Calzaghe, widely regarded as one of the greatest British boxers of all time, has spoken about the upcoming Oleksandr Usyk-Anthony Joshua rematch.
The Welshman knows a thing or two about big fights, he won his first world championship against Chris Eubank in 1997, taught Jeff Lacy 12 rounds, beat Mikkel Kessler in a big night at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium and conquer the legends of the ring Roy Jones Jr and Bernard Hopkins.
‘AJ’ will definitely become the biggest battle of his career on August 20 in Jeddah. The 2012 Olympic gold medalist ended wrong in a unanimous decision against Usyk last year and entered the rematch looking to become a three-time heavyweight champion.
In an interview with Boxing Social, Calzaghe was asked about the upcoming showdown in Saudi Arabia and specifically Joshua changes coach from Rob McCracken to Robert Garcia:
“I’m not sure we have to wait and see at the end of the day.”
“I think it’s time for him to have a change so I think it’s the right opinion, if Garcia is the right guy or not I don’t know, let’s wait and see.”
“I think he needs to change things and when a boxer realizes they need to change, it’s a step in the right direction.”
When asked what Joshua needs to do next month to regain his title, the former super-middleweight champion replied:
“He knew he needed to change his tactics against Usyk, who was a very, very good fighter. His amateur pedigree, boxing from an early age, he’s an excellent boxer and a big guy. “
“I think if Joshua can make his power pay more in this fight and use his punching power – it could be really exciting.”
Despite being pressed for a ‘Pride of Wales’ prediction remains in the fence:
“Look, it’s going to be a tough question but it’s going to be an interesting fight.”