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Joshua a better fighter after heavyweight title loss – Clarke

Olympic bronze medalist, Fraizer Clarke, believes that the former boxing heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, will put up a surprising outing in the rematch with Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk.

Clarke, who trains with the British, disclosed that Joshua’s loss to Usyk through a unanimous decision in September last year, has made the two-time heavyweight champion a better fighter.

The rematch for the WBO, IBF, and WBA heavyweight titles is likely to take place in the summer and the optimistic Clarke is certain that Joshua, a former Great Britain Olympian, who has learnt his lesson from the defeat, will put on a better show.

According to Clarke, the heavyweight boxer has done some changes in his camp with Angel Fernandez, a coach, taking over from Rob McCracken as head trainer. MacCracken had nurtured Joshua right from his amateur days to his present heavyweight stratum.

“I think the loss has made him better. He’s opened his eyes a bit,” Clarke told the British media.

“It’s made him mentally better. I think he knows what he needs to do.

“I think he’s changed his situation, which he thinks will help him. He’s got a team of people that are dedicated for one thing, and that’s AJ getting the result.

“You can’t write Usyk off, he’s an unbelievable fighter. But I’d like to think AJ’s in a place where he can go on and get this win,” Clarke added.

Although Clarke is undeterred about the outcome of the heavyweight bout, he, however, conceded that Usyk is an incredible fighter.


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