Joshua has been warned by former heavyweight David Price that he will need a slice of luck to get his revenge against Usyk in their planned rematch
Anthony Joshua has been warned that he will require a stroke of luck to execute revenge against Oleksandr Usyk in their rematch.
The British star lost his unified heavyweight titles in emphatic fashion with the Ukrainian challenger boxing to a comfortable points victory last September.
He has since spoken of his desire to secure redemption, activating the rematch clause in his contract shortly after coming up short in the mandatory defence.
However former British heavyweight champion David Price believes Usyk will not allow Joshua to land a knockout punch even if he adopts a more aggressive approach.
“I just think Usyk has got his number,” Price told talkSPORT. “Every fighter has an opponent where that style of fighting and that man in particular [has his number].
“You’re just going to have to be really lucky to win the fight. You can be lucky, but luck also creates itself with mistakes that are made by the opponent.
“I do not think Usyk is someone that will make the mistake where he will put himself in a position to be knocked out by an Anthony Joshua punch.
“I think he is too switched on, I think he is too sharp, he’s so clever and it’s like he is a step ahead all the time – it’s like he is thinking two, three steps ahead all the time. I don’t think Anthony Joshua can deal with that.”
Joshua’s tactical approach was widely criticised in the aftermath of his defeat after he failed to use his significant size advantage.
His long-term cornerman Rob McCracken was also thrown into the spotlight with other fighters questioning whether it was time for Joshua to seek a new coach.
He has since toured America compiling a three-man shortlist for a new trainer to join his team including Trainer of the Year Eddy Reynoso.
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The 32-year-old has also been seen training with undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather in Dubai as his preparations were stepped up on a festive break in the Middle East.
Joshua will look to exact revenge in the same way he did in his previous rematch victory over Andy Ruiz, which could set up an undisputed tilt with Tyson Fury later in the year.
And Deontay Wilder’s trainer Malik Scott believes he should be able to impose his size in the second meeting if he is to have any chance of prevailing.
“I usually don’t have the answer that most casuals use,” Scott said during an interview with ESNews. “I try to go another way.
“Most casuals wouldn’t know a left hook from a fish hook, but what most casuals and boxing people are saying, I have to agree with.
“He can’t be that big and have the ability to impose himself and not impose himself on one of the smallest fighters he’s ever fought.
“This is the perfect time for him to use his good positioning, his size, his strength that he’s blessed with physically and mentally.”