Malik Scott, the head trainer of former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, says Anthony Joshua must impose himself in order to defeat a boxer like Oleksandr Usyk.

Last September, the smaller Usyk was able to outbox Joshua over twelve rounds to capture the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight titles.

The two are scheduled to collide in a rematch in the first quarter of this year.

"I usually don't have the answer that most casuals use. I try to go another way. Most casuals wouldn't know a left hook from a fish hook, but what most casuals and boxing people are saying, I have to agree with," Scott told ES News.

"He can't be that big and have the ability to impose himself and not impose himself on one of the smallest fighters he's ever fought. This is the perfect time for him to use his good positioning, his size, his strength that he's blessed with physically and mentally."

Back in 2019, Joshua was dropped four times in his seven round stoppage loss at the hands of Andy Ruiz. Six months later, Joshua was able to get revenge when he stayed at a distance and outboxed Ruiz over twelve rounds for a unanimous decision win.

Scott explains that Usyk's style might be too much for Joshua to overcome. He believes Usyk will once again come away with the win.

"I think Joshua might be dealing with someone who has his number. I don't think this is Andy Ruiz where you can just fight off the back foot and win," Scott said.

"I think Usyk may have AJ's number and if I was a betting man I would bet that the rematch would be more interesting but I still would go for Usyk for the victory."