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Froch calls for ‘ruthless’ Joshua in Usyk rematch

Carl Froch believes Anthony Joshua must rediscover his ruthless, explosive style of old if he is to avenge his defeat to Oleksandr Usyk.

Joshua lost his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles to Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25, with a rematch expected to land in the first half of 2022.

Former super-middleweight world champion Froch, who also worked with Joshua’s trainer Rob McCracken during his career, says AJ has the physical attributes to avenge his defeat.

“I think Anthony Joshua needs to rediscover the same explosive style and ruthless instinct that he showed in that win over Wladimir Klitschko,” Froch told Sky Sports. “He’s bigger, stronger with more height and reach than Usyk. He’s got all the physical attributes needed to win that fight. 

“He must rekindle the fire that brought some destructive wins earlier in his career. He is big enough and powerful enough to beat anybody, especially Usyk who is much smaller in comparison.

“AJ has talked about adding new trainers, but I think he should just remain with Rob McCracken and instead make his team smaller. That’s what worked for me, I worked with Rob throughout my career, but I’m not Anthony Joshua. 

“I was meticulous, I thought about a lot, but I put a lot of trust in my coach. My belief in my coach was unquestionable.”