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‘I had to make changes’

ANTHONY JOSHUA admits he ‘had to make changes’ to his team following his devastating defeat to Oleksandr Usyk.

AJ had the unified heavyweight titles ripped from grasp by the slick southpaw in their September showdown at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Anthony Joshua suffered a lopsided points defeat to Oleksandr Usyk

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Anthony Joshua suffered a lopsided points defeat to Oleksandr UsykCredit: REUTERS
He soon began working with coaches in America not long after the devastating defeat

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He soon began working with coaches in America not long after the devastating defeatCredit: [email protected]
And he admits he 'had to make changes' to his team following his latest setback

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And he admits he ‘had to make changes’ to his team following his latest setbackCredit: PA

Joshua, 32, has sought the help of coaches in America in preparation for a do-or-die rematch with the Ukrainian and believes a change of approach has been long overdue.

The Watford warrior said: “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.”

Two-time heavyweight king Joshua is still livid with the approach he adopted for his Tottenham tussle with the crafty Usk.

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.

“It’s going to be like this for a few months.


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“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.”

Defeat to the undefeated Usyk – which has potentially scuppered a multi-million-pound Battle of Britain with Tyson Fury – has lit a fire under Joshua.

He declared: “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.”

SunSport understands Joshua’s shot at redemption and becoming a three-time heavyweight champion is being targeted for late March.

But the bruising Brit admits finalising the rematch has been far from smooth sailing.

AJ is hellbent on exacting revenge on the undefeated Usyk

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AJ is hellbent on exacting revenge on the undefeated UsykCredit: Getty

He said: “When that fight happens. There’s been one hurdle then another.

“I can’t keep chasing what’s not in front of me.

“What’s in front of me is to become three-time heavyweight champion of the world, and that’s the motivation.”

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