‘He shouldn’t go through with it’ – Anthony Joshua urged to dodge Usyk rematch

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Anthony Joshua has been urged not to go ahead with his rematch with Oleksandr Usic.

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The Watford Warriors snatched three of their heavyweight titles from their clutches last month but will be gone for a few seconds early next year.

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Oleksandr Usik ended Anthony Joshua’s second reign as Unified Heavyweight Champion last monthcredit: getty
Joshua will bid to retrieve the belt from Ukrainian early next year

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Joshua will bid to retrieve the belt from Ukrainian early next yearcredits: PA
But Frank Warren believes AJ should step aside and allow Tyson Fury a crack at the Ukrainian

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But Frank Warren believes AJ should step aside and allow Tyson Fury a crack at the Ukrainiancredit: REX

Joshua, 31, was outfoxed and outboxed by undefeated Uisch, so much so much that Frank Warren believes he should step aside and crack down on the Ukrainian to rival Tyson Fury.

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during an appearance on sky game, Warren said: “He shouldn’t have to go through this. It’s his choice.

“If he hits it on the head, it opens the door for us to integrate [Fury vs Usyk]”

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Warren, 69, believes Joshua could benefit from a warm-up fight.

Queensbury’s head of publicity said: “Let AJ fight hotly.

“He needs a winning mindset before he goes into [a rematch with Usyk].

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“Maybe he fights the winner [of Fury vs Usyk] Which is still a big fight.”

Should AJ share the ring with the cunning Olympian again, Warren believes the rematch will be the same as their first encounter.

He said: “I think Usyak will beat him again. If there were 20 more seconds, Usyak would have stopped AJ.

“He waved her off early and almost took her out. Next time he’ll feel like knocking AJ out.

“AJ can beat him, that’s exactly what Wilder did – to impose himself. I can’t see AJ winning that rematch.”

Two-time Unified Champion Joshua recently admitted to having a wrong game plan for Usyk.

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Frank Warren on Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Alexander Uski

He said: “I have watched the fight, analyzed my preparations and identified my mistakes.

“I’ve learned my lesson. Don’t worry about me. My spirit is strong!”

Soon after the fight, AJ said: “If you look at it from a negative perspective, you’ll never have that mindset that you can make a difference because you’re down anyway.

“But if you look at it from a positive perspective, and realize, ‘Yeah, I’m at a loss.

“‘But it’s a lesson, it’s a blessing. I can use it as fuel to get better.

AJ confident of reclaiming Unified Heavyweight titles

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AJ confident of reclaiming Unified Heavyweight titlescredits: PA

“‘And use it as fuel to correct my mistakes. You can only get better out there.

“So I’m not going to put myself down with my mistake, I’m just gonna lift myself up and say, ‘Really, you know what? That was an uphill battle.

“But from that fight, I’m going to walk away, get out your notepad and find ways to improve.”


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