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Anthony Joshua studying Mike Tyson and Manny Pacquiao’s ‘old-school training’ ahead of Oleksandr Usyk fight

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ANTHONY JOSHUA revealed he’s studying Mike Tyson and Manny Pacquiao’s ‘old-school coaching’ ahead of his fight with Oleksandr Usyk. 

AJ will once more be led into battle by Rob McCracken, Team GB’s head coach who guided Joshua to gold on the London Olympics in 2012. 

Anthony Joshua revealed he’s studying Mike Tyson and Manny Pacquiao’s ‘old-school coaching’
The iconic Cus D'Amato with a teenage Mike Tyson
The iconic Cus D’Amato with a teenage Mike Tyson

The pair are located in GB’s Sheffield HQ, the place they’re surrounded by the longer term of British boxing. 

It meant throughout the delayed Games this summer season in Tokyo, AJ went with out McCracken, who was with the record-breaking boxing squad. 

And whereas GB picked up six medals, Joshua was coaching with the remainder of his entourage and secretly studying the greats of the game. 

That included classic fitness center footage of Iron Mike’s first coaches, Kevin Rooney and his iconic mentor Cus D’Amato. 

Joshua advised Sky Sports: “Definitely. Rob is the gaffer. 

“Having the gaffer there, or not there? You really feel his presence. But in a method it labored out effectively as a result of we’ve got obtained a very good group.


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“I always look at old-school training – Manny Pacquiao had Freddie Roach. Kevin Rooney, Teddy Atlas and Cus D’Amato.

“Certain athletes transfer to totally different trainers. But we stored all of it in-house.

“We are able to perform and train, even when one person is away, we are still able to construct a good training camp.”

McCracken took over as Joshua’s head coach in 2016 and they’ve had eight title fights collectively, twice successful unified titles. 

Adding to the Olympic gold he gained in London, AJ credited the dedication he has to succeed for his coach. 

“I always look at old-school training – Manny Pacquiao had Freddie Roach. Kevin Rooney, Teddy Atlas and Cus D’Amato.

Anthony Joshua

He mentioned: “I’ve obtained to win a fight for Rob. I’ve obtained to wish to fight for Rob.

“When I go onto the battlefield. If you don’t get along with your coach and believe in him wholeheartedly?”

Joshua, 31, was because of fight Tyson Fury, 33, in the summertime till the Gyspy King was unable to stroll away from his trilogy bout with Deontay Wilder, 36. 

It would have are available a interval McCracken was in Japan, however as an alternative AJ’s return was postponed till September 25. 

He now faces necessary challenger Oleksandr Usyk, 34, at Tottenham’s stadium and may have his coach within the nook.

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