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Sports News of Monday, 27 September 2021

Source: punchng.com

Anthony Joshua must return to former style - Oboh

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FORMER WBA Intercontinental Champion, Peter Oboh, has urged Anthony Joshua’s camp to return him to the style that won him battles against top heavyweight fighters.

Oboh was speaking after Oleksandr Usyk defeated Anthony Joshua to claim the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and WBO title in front of 68,000 fans at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Saturday.

He said that it was evident that Joshua had stopped using his strength to his advantage since his loss to Andy Ruiz, which also cost him the fight against Usyk.

Oboh also added that Joshua thrived on his physical attribute to subdue his opportunity.

“I saw the fight and I must say that Joshua style has changed a lot. I didn’t not see him taking on his opponent in the middle of the ring like he use to do. I think the new trainer is trying to model his fight along that of Mohammed Ali,” Oboh said.

“It is too late to change his style. His training team should try to improve on those attributes that stood Joshua out when he dropped the likes of Dylian White and Wladamir Klitschko instead of teaching him a new set of skills. Don’t forget that he started boxing late and those skills and power got him to this level.

“Joshua is just like the taller version of Joe Frazer, one of the fearless boxers of our time. Joshua was brutish but he seems to have lost that which is making him lose fights,” he added.

While commending Usyk for his fighting style and win over Joshua, Oboh stated that the Ukrainian would not have lasted the distance with Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder.