Former Tyson Fury trainer Ben Davison gives detailed technical breakdown of what Anthony Joshua must do in order to beat Oleksandr Usyk in their rematch
Ben Davison has revealed what he thinks Anthony Joshua needs to do in order to get his belts back from Oleksandr Usyk in their rematch.
The former Tyson Fury trainer believes AJ is capable of reclaiming his titles in June, though said he’d need to correct a fair few flaws in order to do so.
“If you can’t control the ring, how are you gonna control the opponent?” Davison began, as he explained his thoughts on White and Jordan.
“He was so fixated on the fairy-tale, textbook, foot on the outside, southpaw-orthodox.
“Well look at what happened when Usyk knocked out Tony Bellew – his foot was on the inside.
“[Joshua] was so focused on trying to get his foot on the outside, he constantly allowed Usyk back to the centre of the ring.
“Anthony Joshua’s not gonna win the battle in the middle of the ring, clearly.
“So he has to be able to control the ring, he has to be able to make Usyk work harder than Usyk wants to work.
“If he can control the ring and create scenarios – because that’s what wins fights, scenarios that favour Anthony Joshua – then he has a chance.
“But to be able to do that he has to control the areas of the ring and where the fighting takes place.”
Davison continued: “He has to be able to control the ring, he has to make Usyk work at a faster pace than what he wants to.
“Don’t get me wrong, southpaw-orthodox – there’s always gonna be an element of lead hand and a bit of lead hand play to the battle of southpaw-orthodox.
“But to be stood in the middle of the ring and allow Usyk to dictate, he’s never gonna dictate and win that lead hand battle at that tempo, it’s never gonna happen.
“He’ll get out-thought and therefore out-fought.
“If Joshua can control the areas of the ring, push Usyk back, make him skirt around, make him break his base, attack when he breaks his base, then he’s gonna have a lot easier entries, a lot safer entries and he’ll land cleaner, more often.”
When asked if he believes AJ can and will win the rematch, Davison gave two different answers.
He replied: “I think with the right tactics, Joshua has the capabilities to win the fight.
“With the right game plan, the right preparation.
“Is he capable of winning? Yes. Do I think he’s going to win? Probably not.
“But I’d love to see him win because I’d love to see that fight [with Tyson Fury].”