sport news Anthony Joshua has gone to a 'dark place' to prepare for Oleksandr Usyk rematch trends now

sport news Anthony Joshua has gone to a 'dark place' to prepare for Oleksandr Usyk rematch trends now
sport news Anthony Joshua has gone to a 'dark place' to prepare for Oleksandr Usyk rematch trends now

sport news Anthony Joshua has gone to a 'dark place' to prepare for Oleksandr Usyk rematch trends now

Anthony Joshua has been to a 'dark place' while preparing for Saturday's all-important rematch against Oleksandr Usyk, camp-mate Frazer Clarke has revealed. 

The Briton lost his WBA, WBO and IBF belts to the Ukrainian mastermind last September, falling to a one-sided unanimous decision defeat that threatened to end more decisively in a damaging 12th round. 

Joshua returns to Saudi Arabia - where he avenged his shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019 - with the opportunity to emulate the likes of Muhammad Ali and Lennox Lewis by becoming a three-time heavyweight world champion.

Anthony Joshua (R) and Oleksandr Usyk (L) go head-to-head for a second time on August 20

Anthony Joshua (R) and Oleksandr Usyk (L) go head-to-head for a second time on August 20

Camp-mate Frazer Clarke (R) believes Joshua's hellish preparations will get him over the line

Camp-mate Frazer Clarke (R) believes Joshua's hellish preparations will get him over the line

The Briton left onlookers bemused last September as he failed to utilise his evident physical advantages and instead looked to outbox the better boxer in a move that proved disastrous. 

Perhaps equally worryingly, however, was the fact that, despite barely throwing a power punch throughout the entire bout, Joshua was out on his feet come the final bell. 

Clarke, who has trained alongside Joshua at Loughborough University throughout the build-up to the career-defining clash, insists the Olympian will be able to implement a more aggressive style without emptying the tank this time.  

'During training, the plan was to be able to go to those dark places and be able to box afterwards,' he told Sportsmail. 'It was well recognised that he needed to be fitter, physically and mentally.

'The way he’s been training, he should be able to go for broke, and if it doesn’t work, he should be able to carry on boxing.'

'It’s been a really tough camp,' he continued. 'Every fighter knows you have to leave it in the gym. Do it all in the gym, and on fight night you don’t have to question yourself. 

'I’ve seen him in a bad place, gasping for breath and really having to dig deep, but that’s what any coach would want from their fighter.

'I think his team have seen enough from him that they know, if it comes to it in the fight, he’ll be able to do it this time.'

Joshua was exhausted by the 12th round of their first encounter despite barely throwing any power punches

Joshua was exhausted by the 12th round of their first encounter despite barely throwing any power punches

The two-time heavyweight champion has been working on his fitness for the rematch

The two-time heavyweight champion has been working on his fitness for the rematch 

Clarke, who is currently out in

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