Anthony Joshua changes gloves for Oleksandr Usyk fight and chooses heavy-hitting pair despite bad omen


ANTHONY JOSHUA is changing gloves for his highly anticipated world heavyweight title rematch against Oleksandr Usyk – ditching the Rival gloves from the first fight.

The two heavyweights meet again in Saudi Arabia on Saturday with the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and Ring Magazine heavyweight titles up for grabs.

Joshua, coach Garcia and the team took their time when assessing the gloves

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Joshua, coach Garcia and the team took their time when assessing the glovesCredit: Matchroom
Joshua will wear Grant gloves for the rematch with Usyk

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Joshua will wear Grant gloves for the rematch with UsykCredit: Matchroom
The Brit feels most comfortable in Grant's after using them in training camp

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The Brit feels most comfortable in Grant’s after using them in training campCredit: Matchroom
Garcia says Joshua will hurt Usyk if he lands a clean shot wearing the gloves

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Garcia says Joshua will hurt Usyk if he lands a clean shot wearing the glovesCredit: Matchroom

Usyk, 35, beat Joshua, 32, at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last September by unanimous decision.

However, this time round, Joshua will wear heavy-hitting Grant gloves instead of Rival – hinting he could be going for a knockout.

Joshua wore Grant gloves for his first fight against Andy Ruiz Jr, which ended in a career-first defeat.

But he has also wore the foam padded gloves in his wins over long-time rival Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin.

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Other explosive fighters such as Povektin and Gervonta Davis wear the ‘puncher’s gloves’.

Joshua’s coach Robert Garcia, who replaced long-time mentor Rob McCracken following September’s defeat to Usyk, explained how the Brit has been trying a number different gloves in the build up to the rematch.

But it was the Grant gloves Joshua felt most comfortable with.

Garcia told iD BOXING: “You know what? Anthony’s wearing Grant.

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“And we’ve been training with ’em. I brought in Everlast also.

“I brought in some Adidas gloves. We used a few gloves, and he feels comfortable with the Grant.

“You know what, I never forced by fighters to wear whatever I want them to wear.

“It’s whatever they feel comfortable in. You know, most of my fighters wear the Everlast.

“As you guys see, the MX. It’s a very comfortable glove.

“And it’s a puncher’s glove. So most of my fighters are punchers.

“So they love wearing that glove. But, you know, Anthony feels very comfortable with the Grant.

“It’s also very, very comfortable. And, and, you know, the power is there.

“So if he lands a good shot, I know he will hurt them [Usyk].”

Matchroom Boxing has also given an exclusive look into the glove selection process ahead of Saturday’s fight.

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Joshua and his team took time to inspect and try on the gloves.

On the other hand, the unbeaten Usyk was in and out.

Joshua wore Grant gloves for his first professional career defeat against Ruiz Jr

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Joshua wore Grant gloves for his first professional career defeat against Ruiz JrCredit: AP
The Brit also sported the gloves in his win over Povetkin

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The Brit also sported the gloves in his win over PovetkinCredit: Reuters
Joshua also wore the 'puncher's gloves' when he dispatched of bitter rival Whyte

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Joshua also wore the ‘puncher’s gloves’ when he dispatched of bitter rival WhyteCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Usyk beat Joshua for the heavyweight belts last September with the Brit wearing Rival gloves

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Usyk beat Joshua for the heavyweight belts last September with the Brit wearing Rival glovesCredit: Getty





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