By: Sean Crose
“He’s a pure athlete, he’s an athlete who completed a lot,” famous coach Robert Garcia not too long ago informed Izquierdazo (in Spanish), “that he didn’t must be so strict in his commitments, within the gymnasium, within the coaching areas, with the coach.” If that was the case whereas Joshua skilled with Garcia for his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk final summer season, then Joshua clearly misjudged what was required to win again the belts Usyk had received off him a yr earlier. For the second Joshua-Usyk match ended very like the primary, with Usyk successful on the choose’s playing cards.
In line with Garcia, coaching “was just a little simpler for him (Joshua) than another boxer…in order that was one thing he obtained used to.” Positive sufficient, earlier than dropping to Usyk, Joshua had solely misplaced as soon as beforehand, and that was to Andy Ruiz, who Joshua simply dealt with and bested in a Saudi Arabian rematch six months later. In different phrases, combat preparation was by no means an actual problem for Joshua earlier than he met Usyk. “Since every little thing was given to him so simply and shortly, he thought it was the best way to do it,” Garcia added, “that you just don’t have to do it another manner.”
In line with Garcia, Joshua goes to need to rise to the event each within the ring and within the gymnasium if he needs to compete with the most effective within the sport.
“When a majority of these fights arrive with fighters of one other degree, stronger, harder fights, in actuality he ought to undergo with a special, stricter camp,” the American coach mentioned, “the place he follows the instructions.” Whereas Garcia admits that Joshua is a proficient and exhausting working athlete, he’s going to want to alter issues up when he’s about to face main expertise.
“Though he (Joshua) is a devoted fighter who does and listens to what he’s informed, maybe he thinks ‘I used to be a champion with out a lot, with out having a lot duty,’” Garcia mentioned. After two losses in a row to Usyk, that’s not the type of perspective Joshua or another fighter wants. Maybe that’s why the towering Englishman is now on the hunt for a brand new coach, probably Roy Jones. Then once more, maybe he’ll return to Garcia and give you a brand new sport plan. With the heavyweight division providing quite a few harmful challenges, it’s crucial that Joshua return to the ring at his best possible.
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