Anthony Joshua, a two-time heavyweight champion, arrived early in Jeddah to complete his preparations for the title rematch with Oleksandr Usyk in eight days, and the effects are evident in a video that was published on Thursday.
Joshua and Usyk’s highly awaited rematch in Saudi Arabia is just eight days away, eleven months after their initial confrontation in London.
In their fight last September at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the Ukrainian pulled off an upset to win the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles.
Joshua seems in good shape in the most recent training video that has been made public. He will attempt to reclaim the belts and become a three-time undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
Joshua appears to have put on more weight and strengthened his power in preparation for the rematch after cutting weight and trying to outbox Usyk in their first encounter.
Joshua parted ways with longtime coach Rob McCracken after the defeat in September of last year and backed new coach Robert Garcia instead.
Garcia begs his new opponent to use his better body to defeat Usyk the second time around after criticizing AJ’s strategy in the first fight.
“When you have somebody that’s a lot smaller than you and you have the weight, height, reach and power advantages, then take advantage of that,” said Garcia.
“It seemed like they had a different game plan.
“I wouldn’t even want to say it was a ‘game plan’. Maybe it was just the wrong instructions. Anthony is the type of fighter who listens to his corner, so he did what he was told and it was totally wrong.”
Joshua appears to have listened to his new coach’s guidance based on the way his body is constructed in the workout film. Joshua is a Watford native.