Josh Warrington says Anthony Joshua should use his best attributes to conquer Oleksandr Usyk next month.
The night of August 20 in Jeddah will see the two heavyweights up against one another for a second time in 11 months.
Last September Usyk triumphed at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with a 12-round display of footwork, movement and accuracy which was too troublesome for Joshua to handle over the distance.
Now, with new trainer Robert Garcia in his corner, the Brit is aiming for redemption. And Warrington, who recently became a two-time Featherweight champion, explained to Talksport how he thinks Joshua can become a three-time Heavyweight champion.
“Use your attributes, you’re super strong, you’ve got speed, them devastating one-twos, use that”
“AJ’s a big guy. Sometimes it’s a boxing match, but sometimes it’s a fight. When you’re in a clinch, wear him out by tying him up, leaning on him, things like that.”
Warrington, like many, says Joshua has to use size, strength and aggression to get to Usyk. A role reversal of the sweet science tactics he and his team tried implementing last year.
“That’s how he’s gotta make it for Usyk, he’s gotta tire him out. He’s gotta rough him up and not be scared to let that right hand go.”
“I think the more he pushes him, the more opportunities he’s gonna get to get that right hand away.”
“I think that’s the way he beats him, he’s gotta take it to him.”
Usyk has already urged Joshua’s backers to ‘Let him hear the people more’. An indicator that the Ukrainian is banking on his challenger to letting his hands go and being more aggressive.
Earlier this week it was reported that the champion’s sparring partners are having to be sent home for failure to keep up with the 35-year-old maverick.