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Sports News of Sunday, 1 January 2023


Joshua career too smooth – Garcia

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Boxing trainer, Robert Garcia, believes everything came too easy for Anthony Joshua in his heavyweight career, Sunday PUNCH reports.

Garcia worked with Joshua for his second fight against Oleksandr Usyk in August was also quick to add that the British-Nigerian boxer must stay committed if he hopes to reclaim his titles.

“Everything was a little bit easier for him than any other boxer, so that was something he got used to,” Garcia told IZQUIERDAZO.

“Because everything was kind of easy and quick for him, he thought that that was the right way to do it. That he didn’t need to do it in another way.

“But when the time comes for this kind of fights (like Usyk), with fighters of a higher level, tougher fights, harder fights, you need a stricter camp, where he follows indications.

“He is a dedicated fighter, he does and listens to what he is told to, but maybe he thinks that he was a champion without doing that much or without having that much commitment. But when you are fighting against opponents like Usyk, that is something different.”

Garcia also reserved special praise for Joshua and hailed his physical abilities and determination to become a champion again.

“He is a complete athlete,” Garcia continued.

“He started to box at 18 years old and three years later he was an Olympic gold medalist. That is something big, without having that much amateur experienced. Then he turned pro, and a couple of years later he was a world champion – that proves he is a natural born athlete.”

“He is an athlete that accomplished so much that he didn’t need to be strict in his commitment in the gym, in his training regime and in the election of a coach.”

Like his coach, Joshua’s next opponent is yet to be disclosed also.

Dillian Whyte is the current frontrunner for a showdown at the O2 Arena with Deontay Wilder, Zhang Zhilei, Filip Hrgovic, Demsey McKean and Otto Wallin all mentioned in the same conversation by promoter Eddie Hearn.