Robert Garcia, the new head trainer for Anthony Joshua, is preparing his boxer to fight smart when he faces Oleksandr Usyk in a rematch on August 6th in Saudi Arabia.
Last September, Joshua tried to box with Usyk, but the strategy failed. Usyk outboxed him over twelve rounds to capture the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight titles.
Joshua would make big changes to his team, like replacing longtime trainer Robert McCracken with Garcia.
The British superstar will attempt to become a three division. He lost his belts in 2019, when Andy Ruiz knocked him out. But six months later, Joshua had few issues in outboxing Ruiz to reclaim the belts.
Garcia dismisses the scenario of Joshua entering the ring to chase a knockout.
“Anthony has the height, reach and power advantages but we cannot go in there thinking we can just get the knockout. We have to be smart and win the fight. We don’t know what Usyk is going to come and do," Garcia told The Sun.
“Usyk might come and do something that means we have to box more, you never know but we will be ready for whatever Usyk brings. Usyk is a great fighter and champion, I know him personally and how dedicated he is but we are ready to make AJ a three-time heavyweight champion of the world.”
Garcia has trained numerous fighters to world titles in the lower weight classes, but he's never trained any heavyweights on a consistent basis.
“These are challenges for me because most of my fighters have been at welterweight or under. Middleweight has been my highest. Working with bigger and stronger guys is a challenge that I have to get used to and I enjoy that," Garcia said.
“If everything goes well AJ will be my 15th world champion. It will be a great win for me and my first heavyweight world champion."