Legendary boxing writer expects more of the same

Oleksandr Usyk has Anthony Joshua “where he wants him,” according to highly respected boxing journalist Colin Hart.

Although the British superstar has made some changes to his training camp, Hart reckons it still won’t be enough for him to avoid a repeat.

AJ is scheduled to fight Usyk in Saudi Arabia on August 20 as he bids to become a three-time world heavyweight champion.

However, Hart revealed he expected more of the same the second time around as he doesn’t believe Joshua will be able to close the gap in time.

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Hart told iFL TV: “Well, I’ve said it before, I don’t see anything but the same result.

“I think Usyk has taken him to where he wants to be. He knows exactly what Joshua has. I know Joshua has a new coach, but I don’t think at 30 he can change his style so much. .

“It takes time to build a career and he is who he is and I don’t see him changing.

Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk will face off in Saudi Arabia on August 20

“His tactics in the first were deplorable. He tried to send this brilliant technician. I mean, he’s so much bigger and more powerful than Usyk, he should beat him.

“But Usyk is a master craftsman and I think whatever Joshua has, I think Usyk can counter and control the fight.”

Joshua recently admitted he felt like he was fighting “like Muhammad Ali” during his loss to Usyk.

And while Hart doesn’t agree with everything he said, he ultimately believes his corner was to blame for his latest setback.

Reacting to Joshua’s comments, he added: “Well, I’m surprised because yeah, I think the corner should have told him.

“I was watching him on TV, so you can’t really judge, but for me Usyk was winning very comfortably.

“I know Joshua said he didn’t start to take control after round nine – I don’t believe him. I think he [Usyk] was in control from the first bell to the last and the corner should have told him.

“If they really knew how to read a fight, they should have told him, ‘You have to knock him out to win.’ He didn’t even try to knock him out. As he said, he thought he was Muhammad Ali in there.

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