Anthony Joshua boxing prediction over Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia
Anthony Joshua faces Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia and we have spoken to AJ’s boxing sparring partner Marko Milun for his predictions.
Milun is very confident AJ can defeat the Ukrainian, and insists he’s in a much better mindset than he was before their last fight.
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If AJ gets tactics right, he will beat Usyk, right?
“AJ is technically perfect, he just needs good tactics. Good tactics will win the fight. AJ is the best technical boxer.
“Everything he does is perfect; jabs, hooks, uppercuts – he looks perfect, If they set him good tactics he will win, easy.
“This time the whole camp is different. It’s not the same. We spar maybe 15 rounds, me and AJ, very good rounds and it was explosive. I enjoyed it.
“Not like last time – everything was different; how he treated us, it was different. Coaches are different, his training is different, from the small things to the big things.
“He is hungry now, he wants to win badly. Last time we didn’t speak so much because we were separated, he was in his hotel. Now we eat together, we train together, we are at the pool together, recovering in the sauna.
“We have become closer than last time – he’s a very good guy. He’s relaxed – it’s big pressure, everyone thinks it’s big pressure, but I think he will handle the pressure.
“He’s a two time world champion and Olympic champion. For him the pressure is normal. Everybody speaks out against him – but who cares. I think he will show in the fight a better AJ.”
Does Anthony need to bully Usyk, a fighter who can’t be boxed?
“AJ will need to bully Usyk, yes. Everybody knows that.
“Maybe Usyk will expect that – he looks heavier this time. But not heavier than AJ.
“I don’t know how he will start and finish the fight because he trained to attack and he trained defence, he trained everything – in sparring he is better than last time.
“He only lost by four rounds last time. It’s not too much. If he catches him in those 12 rounds with a little bit of pressure he can knock out Usyk.”
Is AJ in a better place to land a knockout?
“I can see AJ doing that, and I hope he will do it. He listens to everything the coach says.
“He is very disciplined, he listens to everything, it’s like he’s on a joystick and he’s very good this time. He’s focused and enjoying his boxing.
“He’s a heavy hitter and he can knock out people easily. Last fight we all expected the knockout and I hope he will give us the KO this time.
“AJ needs to win. He’s given 1000% of himself to win this fight, he’s given everything in preparation, everything for winning.”
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