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Mike Tyson Lectures Anthony Joshua Ahead Oleksandr Usyk rematch

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Anthony Joshua and Mike Tyson

Former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has told Anthony Joshua what he needs to do to avenge his loss to Oleksandr Usyk.

The 32-year-old Brit lost his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles to Ukrainian southpaw Usyk, 35, by unanimous decision last September.

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The pair are set to face each other in an immediate rematch in Saudi Arabia on August 20.

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Tyson singled out the jab as a key weapon for Joshua and encouraged him to be more aggressive.

“He’s going to have to wear him down, he’s not going to outbox this guy, he’s not going to do it, he’s just going to beat him,” Tyson said on The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast.

“Usyk is very hard to hit. He’s an elite amateur boxer, that kind of elite amateur boxer spoils guys like Joshua because there’s too much movement, feints and all that stuff.

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“He can do a lot, that’s why he’s not a lost soul, he can learn a lot, he’s still learning, that’s why he’s the dangerous Joshua, because he’s still learning. He can’t just feint, his jabs have to be constantly out there and he has to turn them into something.”

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Tyson wasn’t the only one offering free advice to Joshua this week. Former WBA super middleweight champion George Groves offered his take on the fight in an interview with Seconds Out.

“I feel like people do an injustice when they’re like, ‘Oh, he needs to get back to his old ways’,” Groves said.

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“He was never just raggedy, come out swinging and just using his power. He was never that. He was always pretty metaphorical in the way he would try and approach a fight, just with a bit more experience.

“And then people have been assuming he’s just a little more gun-shy now since the [Andy] Ruiz fight, but I don’t think that’s necessarily the case. I think he needs to use his jab [with authority] and whack Usyk hard. You know, you’ve got to punch with this guy [Usyk], because you can’t try punch after him; he’s too quick and he takes great angles.”

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One knock on Joshua has been his suspect stamina. He has faded late in a number of fights and Groves believes he should go out hard early in a bid to get the victory in the early rounds.

“Joshua does tire as the fight goes on, but I think he might have to think of this as a six-round fight rather than a 12-round fight, and try and get rid of him,” Groves continued.

“He’s got the size advantages. If you asked a non-boxing fan, ‘who’s going to win, this guy or this guy’, they’re always gonna pick Joshua because he’s such a big man.”

Hammed Tajudeen is the Editor-In-Chief of Blaze Newz Nigeria, graduated from Osun State Polytechnic, Iree with Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mass Communication.

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