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Tony Bellew says Anthony Joshua must show Oleksandr Usyk he’s in with a ‘different animal’ to win rematch, but insists AJ can have huge fights with Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, Dillian Whyte and Joe Joyce even if he loses

Tony Bellew says Anthony Joshua must show Oleksandr Usyk he’s in with a ‘different animal’ to win rematch, but insists AJ can have huge fights with Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, Dillian Whyte and Joe Joyce even if he loses

Tony Bellew has insisted that Anthony Joshua can go on and have a successful remainder of his career, even if he loses his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.

The heavyweights will meet again on August 20 in Saudi Arabia after Usyk dethroned Joshua of his belts last year.

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Joshua lost for the second time in his career when he faced Usyk last time out

Bellew knows how it feels to suffer defeat to the Ukrainian, having been KOd by him in 2018.

Unlike Joshua though, he never had a rematch.

When writing about his verdict on the upcoming second fight, Bellew told DAZN: “Since the loss to Usyk, Joshua has made huge changes to his team with Angel Fernandez taking a bigger role and the legendary Robert Garcia also coming onboard.

“All eyes will be on Robert Garcia in the build-up to this fight and it’ll be interesting to see what changes he can make to Joshua at this stage of his career.

“He was a winner as a fighter, he’s a winner as a trainer, and he’ll be fully focussed on winning when preparing Joshua for the biggest test of his career. 

“He’ll want ‘AJ’ to start a lot quicker because if Usyk is allowed to settle early then you might just see a repeat of the first fight.

Usyk and AJ will meet again on August 20

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Usyk and AJ will meet again on August 20

“If Joshua can use his size, speed, and power, but do it correctly, then he can get Usyk’s attention and let him know he’s in with a different animal from the first fight.

“That’s the approach Joshua should take. Let Usyk know he’s in a tough fight right from the outset. 

“This fight will mean the world to Joshua after what happened in the first one but make no mistake about it, he’s going to be a threat in this division no matter what the result.

“If he can’t get past Usyk then he might have to put his world title dreams on hold for a little while but that doesn’t mean that the climb back to the top won’t be eventful. 

Usyk knocked out Bellew in 2018

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Usyk knocked out Bellew in 2018

“Can you imagine Joshua against Deontay Wilder in America? What a fight that would be between two explosive fighters.

“Joshua taking on British fighters like Dillian Whyte again or Joe Joyce? Those fights would fill any stadium in Britain.

“Or even the big one with Tyson Fury? That still remains a huge fight as long as both men are active…

“If it is Usyk’s night, then the journey back to the top for Joshua will be a hard one but he’s proven before that he loves a challenge.”

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