Highly motivated for his August 20 rematch with Anthony Joshua, Oleksandr Usyk is ‘going to war’ with his sparring partners; tough Kazakh Nursultan Amanzholov is in camp in Dubai with Usyk and gives an insight into the champion’s mindset for the Joshua fight
World heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk says he is fighting for his country, Ukraine and that he is inspired by the people defending his homeland
Oleksandr Usyk is looking “dangerous” in camp as he spars ferociously hard for his August 20 rematch with Anthony Joshua, one of his training partners has revealed.
Kazakh heavyweight Nursultan Amanzholov had sparred Usyk ahead of his first fight with Joshua and was recalled to his team to help prepare the champion for the rematch in Saudi Arabia next month.
Ukraine’s Usyk is looking “dangerous” in training, Amanzholov’s manager Aamir Ali told Sky Sports.
“He [Amanzholov] says there are days when Usyk goes to war with him. It’s not easy to hurt to Nursultan but he’s been on the receiving end a few times. But a lot of his heavyweights have been sent back home, if they can’t stay in camp,” Ali said. “They can’t keep up.”
The Kazakh prospect has been training in Dubai with Usyk since June for this fight. “He says [Usyk] is in tremendous shape for this camp,” Amanzholov’s manager said.
“He said as soon as [Usyk] came back from Jeddah, from the press conference, the day he arrived back, he phoned up Nursultan who was sitting in his hotel and said to him, ‘I want you sparring today.’ Literally got off the plane and started sparring straightaway and [Amanzholov] said he was in a foul mood. He was in a really angry mood, wanted to go to war. “Anthony Joshua’s in trouble.”