Anthony Joshua told to ‘impose himself’ on Usyk in rematch by Wilder’s coach but warned Ukrainian may have his ‘number’

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Anthony Joshua told to 'impose himself' on Usyk in rematch by Wilder's coach but warned Ukrainian may have his 'number'

Anthony Joshua has been urged to ‘impose himself’ and use all his physical attributes in his rematch with Alexander Usik.

AJ, 32, was schooled by the cunning southpaw in Tottenham’s feud last September, which he lost by unanimous decision.

Anthony Joshua suffered a one-sided loss to Oleksandr Usyk last September

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Anthony Joshua suffered a one-sided loss to Oleksandr Usyk last Septembercredit: Reuters
AJ will have a chance to take revenge on the Ukrainian later this year

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AJ will have a chance to take revenge on the Ukrainian later this yearcredit: Mark Aspland
And Deontay Wilder coach Malik Scott believes Britain need to 'impose themselves' in their rematch

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And Deontay Wilder coach Malik Scott believes Britain need to ‘impose themselves’ in their rematchcredit: INSTAGRAM@MALIIKINGSCOTT

The 6ft 6in Watford Warrior failed to use his height or weight advantages in his devastating loss to the undefeated Ukrainian, which Deontay Wilder coach Malik Scott believes will happen if he doesn’t use his natural gifts. Then he will suffer again.

Scott, a former sparring partner at Usyk, told ES News: “I don’t usually have the answer most casuals use.

“I try to go the other way.

“Most casuals would not know left hook from fish hook, but I have to agree with what most casuals and boxing people are saying.

“He can’t be that big and has the ability to impose himself and not impose himself on one of the smallest fighters he’s ever fought.

“It’s the right time for them to use their good shape, their size, their strength which they have physically and mentally.”


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Joshua was taught boxing lessons by Fleetfoot Usyk, who according to Scott may be Britain’s kryptonite.

He added: “I think Joshua must be dealing with someone who has his number.

“I don’t think it’s Andy Ruizo [Joshua’s only other career loss, which he avenged instantly in a rematch] Where you can fight backfoot and win.

Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usik will renew their rivalry in the spring

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Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usik will renew their rivalry in the springcredit: getty

“I think Usyk could have AJ’s number and if I were the betting guy I would bet the rematch would be more interesting but I would still go for Usyk to win.”

Joshua exercised his rematch clause a few days after ending his second reign as Unified Heavyweight Champion.

SunSport understands that the pair’s second dance is due in late March, which will be announced in the coming weeks.

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