Oleksandr Usyk responds to Anthony Joshua promising he will be more ‘dangerous’ in rematch

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Oleksandr Usyk says he does not care who will be in Anthony Joshua’s corner when the two heavyweights meet for a rematch next year. The Ukrainian became a heavyweight champion of the world by defeating Joshua in September, but the Londoner will get the chance to win his belts back.

The pair are expected to meet again in March or April next year, with the victor potentially set for a winner-takes-all heavyweight showdown with WBC and The Ring title holder Tyson Fury.

After being outclassed at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium by one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet, Joshua is reportedly considering making some changes before stepping into the ring again.

He was photographed in America in recent weeks, touring gyms and meeting with trainers such as Mike Tyson’s former coach Ronnie Shields.

It led to ongoing speculation that Joshua is considering making changes to his corner ahead of the rematch, similarly to how he did after losing to Andy Ruiz Jr before taking his titles back in their next meeting.

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Despite all the noise around his opponent, though, Usyk says he is not paying attention to what the Briton is doing to prepare for their rematch.

Instead, he is focussed upon making sure he can defend his new titles successfully.

“I am not sure who will train Joshua for the rematch,” the Ukrainian told DAZN. “I have seen the speculation about who he may hire for next year but it does not matter to us who trains him.

“Our goal is to be prepared for everything and I train to improve my own chances, not based on my opponent.

“He also promised to be more aggressive and dangerous in the rematch. If that is the case, great. I’d be glad to experience that side of Joshua. I am sure it will be another brilliant fight.”

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While Joshua has not confirmed whether or not he is looking to replace coach Rob McCracken, he did admit those in his corner have work to do to improve the way they work together.

“In all honesty, they’re still trying to make that relationship work,” Joshua told iFL TV.

“So, what I want to do is step away and let these guys sort out whatever they need to sort out, and I need to go and get some new teachings.”

And the Londoner insisted he is not looking to base himself in the US, and had crossed the pond to get advice from different voices.

“I said, “Rob, look, I got to go out there and I’ve got to find a new coach to work with and learn from as well’,” Joshua continued.

“I’m not basing myself in the states. I’m a UK resident, I’m not living out in the states.

“So, to find a new coach must mean I train 11 months, 10 months out of the year and for me, I’m not going out to the states to live and find a new coach.

“I might go out there. I’m probably going to shoot out there again and do some training.

“Rob’s in Lithuania or something like that or Siberia, like so I’ve got to find other ways to keep myself busy.”

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