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Carl Froch says Anthony Joshua needs a ‘brain transplant’ if he is to become a three-time world heavyweight champion by beating Oleksandr Usyk.

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Froch believes the Watford-born Joshua has the body to take on Usyk, but questioned his mentality ahead of their rematch in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on August 20.

Last September at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Usyk won their initial fight by unanimous decision, but now Joshua has a new trainer, Robert Garcia, who is thought to bring more aggression to the 32-year-old’s boxing style.

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Froch told Betfred’s Lightweight Boxing Show: ‘Sometimes a change is good, but for Anthony Joshua to beat Oleksandr Usyk, he needs a brain transplant. He’s got all the physical attributes but I just don’t think he can beat him.’

Their previous encounter was only the second time Joshua has lost a professional bout, after being knocked out by Andy Ruiz Jr. in June 2019. Joshua will be eyeing up revenge against Usyk, especially after leaving his previous trainer Rob McCraken to obtain Garcia’s services.

Anthony Joshua became the IBF world heavyweight champion in just his 16th professional fight when he steamrolled Charles Martin.

Three fights later, he battled Wladimir Klitschko for the IBF, IBO and WBA (Super) world titles at Wembley stadium.

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Two-time world champion Klitschko was coming off a shock loss at the hands of Tyson Fury. It was accepted that the Ukrainian was past his peak when he faced AJ. But not many anticipated how explosive a fight they would treat fans to. In what was one of the most thrilling fights of their respective careers, both suffered knockdowns inside the opening six rounds.

Joshua was able to recover the better of the two, as he stopped Klitschko in the eleventh after dropping the veteran two more times.

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Boxing cards really do hinge on their main event. Nights can be saved if the headline bout is a good watch, yet events can be hampered just as quickly if the big-name fight underdelivers. Promoters cannot get away with just relying on their main event nowadays, with fans demanding a strong undercard as well. Though when you get a main event as good as AJ vs Klitschko, all that comes before it is forgotten. With that said, here’s a look back at who appeared further down the card at Wembley…

Joe Cordina vs Sergej Vib

‘The Welsh Wizard’ got the night off to a bang. Cordina was a respected amateur, having won a gold medal as a lightweight at the European Championships in 2015. This bout at Wembley was only his second fight since turning professional. He stepped in with 23-year-old Vib, who had a 7-7 record (four wins via TKO/KO). Cordina was able to make light work of his inferior opponent, stopping Vib inside the opening round. Fast forward to today, Cordina has overcome an injury to his right hand to become IBF world champion at super-featherweight. He blasted out Kenichi Ogawa earlier this year to pick up the strap.

Katie Taylor vs Nina Meinke

Now recognised as one of the best female fighters of all time, Taylor won her first title in the pro game in her fifth fight.

Perhaps more importantly, her bout against Meinke was an eliminator for the WBA female lightweight title. Taylor displayed her quality from the get-go, leaving her opponent reeling with her stinging jab. Meinke was cut in the fifth round and after a barrage of shots in the seventh, the contest was waved off and Taylor had her hand raised.

After winning several gold medals as an amateur, there were high expectations of Taylor as a pro. We now know that she has been able to outdo all hopes people had of he. Taylor’s career highlight came earlier this year with her victory over Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden.

Luke Campbell vs Darleys Perez

‘Cool Hand’ was the third respected amateur to appear on the Joshua-Klitschko card. Campbell turned professional in 2015 after winning a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London. He also picked up medals at the World Championships (silver) and European Championships (gold). His first professional defeat came in surprising fashion via split decision against Frenchman Yvan Mendy on the Joshua-Dillian Whyte undercard in 2015. The Hull-born fighter recovered from his loss, winning his next four fights in a comfortable manner. This set him up for a WBA world title eliminator at Wembley against Perez. The Colombian started well, but he could not keep up the pace. The home boxer was ahead on points when the bout was stopped in the ninth with Perez suffering an injury to his left arm. Campbell went on to lose his world title shot against Jorge Linares later in 2017. He retired in 2021 following back-to-back defeats against two quality opponents in Vasiliy Lomachenko and Ryan Garcia.

Scott Quigg vs Viorel Simion

The chief support for Joshua-Klitschko was Quigg’s fight against Romanian Simion. This was the Manchester-born fighter’s first bout with the legendary Freddie Roach as his trainer. He had previously been guided by Joe Gallagher. His split with Gallagher came a few months after his first career loss at Manchester Arena against Carl Frampton. His WBA (Regular) super-bantamweight title was on the line versus the IBF champion. Quigg was at featherweight when the fight against Simion came around. In an IBF world title eliminator, the Mancunian did enough to win comfortably via unanimous decision. Simion proved to be a durable opponent who had bright moments here and there. Quigg proved to be too good for the visiting fighter though. Almost a year later, Quigg lost for a second time as a professional. WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez got the better of the Brit on points when they met at the StubHub Center in California. Quigg’s long career caught up with him two fights later when he was beaten by Jono Carroll, who sent the former WBA (Regular) champion into retirement.

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TYSON FURY has ripped into Anthony Joshua and claimed his heavyweight rival turned down the chance to fight SIX times.

And the Gypsy King has also declared he remains happy being retired after he called time on his glistening career in April following his win over Dillian Whyte.

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The Gypsy King has hit out at Anthony Joshua after he rejected the chance to fight him

Tyson Fury announced his retirement after beating Dillian Whyte in April

Fury’s dad John recently praised Joshua for his spirit and his willingness to face any boxer.

But the WBC king has contradicted those claims as he insisted the 2012 Olympic gold medallist has ducked a dust-up with him on multiple occasions due to AJ being a “diva”.

In an explosive interview with iFL TV, the 33-year-old said: “Tried to make that fight six times at least and unsuccessful every time because you’re messing with a diva.

“Prima donna, little sucker b****, who don’t want to fight.

“He couldn’t beat me if he had a baseball bat while I was sleeping.”

Fury then went on to state how he has no plans to step back inside the ring.

It was suggested earlier this month that he could face the winner out of Joshua’s rematch against Oleksandr Usyk in an undisputed match-up.

But the unbeaten Mancunian quickly shut down those rumours as he denied he is in talks about a return.

His fans have begged the Manchester United fan to have one more bout before walking away for good.

However Fury has once again reiterated his desire to keep away from the sport in an X-rated rant.

He remarked: “I’m all out of getting punched in the face for a few quid.

“Got plenty of money, still got my faculties and brains about me.

“Six kids and a wife to look after. So if anyone wants to criticise me for that, they can go suck my balls basically.”

Joe Joyce doesn’t think Anthony Joshua has the hunger for boxing anymore, and he has further thoughts on Oleksandr Usyk, Joseph Parker, and Dillian Whyte.

Joe Joyce and Anthony Joshua are both set to return to the ring pretty soon, with Joyce coming back from an injury to face Christian Hammer in a stay-busy fight (to be kind) on July 2, and Joshua set for his rematch against Oleksandr Usyk on Aug. 20 in Saudi Arabia, which is now official, if you missed that.

Joyce (13-0, 12 KO) isn’t really known as a trash talker, but he has some thoughts on fellow Brit heavyweight star Joshua, as well as Oleksandr Usyk, Dillian Whyte, and Joseph Parker, who recently signed with Boxxer and Sky Sports instead of going through with a planned fight against Joyce.

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“If by some miracle Joshua beats Usyk, he will have to face me or vacate the (WBO) belt. His chin has gone and I don’t think his heart is fully in the game anymore. He always talks about staying hungry, but the world can see he’s not hungry anymore for boxing. He’s a businessman more interested in lecturing students.”

On Oleksandr Usyk

“I’m No. 1 with the WBO. Usyk looks likely to beat Joshua again. When he does, I’m the mandatory and I’ll show you how a proper heavyweight in 10 oz gloves is supposed to deal with a man who lost to Shawn Porter in the amateurs. That Joe Joyce that (Usyk) boxed at the World Series of Boxing was not ‘The Juggernaut’; they put pillows on my fists so I couldn’t hurt him. No pillows this time!”

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On Dillian Whyte

“Whyte was outclassed by Tyson Fury, he landed about three punches on him. We all know how he loves being a mandatory — he was mandatory for 7,000 days. Well, come and fight me and you get the chance to be mandatory again!”

On Joseph Parker

“Parker ducked me. Why would you sign with another promoter and another TV channel if you actually want the fight? He bottled it, plain and simple. He didn’t want the fight. Everything he asked for, he got. Demand after demand, he was given it.

“I liked the fight as it was WBO No. 1 vs No. 2. When he was just about to sign he told us his trainer was having a child so he couldn’t train him, then for another month him and his manager played games, delayed, and then last week he signed with another promoter!

“I honestly think that after he faced off with me at Wembley Stadium in April, he didn’t like what was staring back at him. No matter who he fights next, the fans know he ducked Joe Joyce.”