Anthony Joshua steps up preparations for Oleksandr Usyk rematch by sparring with Lawrence Okolie

0
33


Anthony Joshua steps up his preparations for Oleksandr Usyk rematch by sparring with WBO cruiserweight champion Lawrence Okolie at his training camp in Dubai

  • Lawrence Okolie joined Anthony Joshua at his training camp in Dubai
  • It came a day after he was seen working in the gym with Floyd Mayweather
  • The 32-year-old is currently preparing for his second clash with Oleksandr Usyk


Anthony Joshua has been sparring with fellow Brit Lawrence Okolie as he prepares for his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk. 

On Monday, the British heavyweight was seen working in the gym with boxing legend Floyd Mayweather.

And a day later, WBO cruiserweight champion Lawrence Okolie joined Joshua at his training camp in Dubai.

Anthony Joshua has been sparring with fellow Brit Lawrence Okolie at his Dubai training camp

Anthony Joshua has been sparring with fellow Brit Lawrence Okolie at his Dubai training camp

The 32-year-old is currently preparing for his second clash with the undefeated Ukrainian. 

Footage of Joshua and Okolie was shared on social media by the pair’s friend Napper on social media.

Joshua lost for the second time in his career in September, when the Ukrainian outclassed him to win unanimously on points at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. 

Footage of Joshua and Okolie was shared on social media by the pair's friend Napper

Footage of Joshua and Okolie was shared on social media by the pair’s friend Napper 

A rematch is likely to be played out early in 2022 and Joshua admits he has had to look at himself in the aftermath, and has thus made appropriate changes. 

‘I had to make changes. If you remain the same, you get the same results. I’ve got to look at myself, I can only be accountable for me,’ he told the BBC .

‘I’m angry at myself and the only way I can be in a better place is to get myself right by going out there and performing.

Anthony Joshua has made some changes to his training routine after losing to Oleksandr Usyk

Anthony Joshua has made some changes to his training routine after losing to Oleksandr Usyk

‘It’s going to be like this for a few months. I do things with a smile on my face, but behind that, there’s a lot of tension brewing and the only way to get it out is by training and performing.

‘I know I can be better than that night. It’s easier to say than it is to do, but within my heart and soul, my brain and body, I truly feel I’ve got a lot more to give.

‘I’m angry. It’s growing, but it’s fuelling me every day.’

Rematch negotiations with Usyk, who is unbeaten as a pro, are ongoing but a date in March is said to be the most likely. 

Advertisement

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here