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Anthony Joshua is showing ‘serious intentions’ ahead of Oleksandr Usyk rematch, says Johnny Nelson

Anthony Joshua has shown “serious intentions” by arriving early in Saudi Arabia as he prepares to test Oleksandr Usyk with a destructive early onslaught, says Johnny Nelson.

Joshua is set to rematch Usyk on August 20 for the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles after the Ukrainian’s unanimous decision win in London last September.

With a full month to go until the fight, footage has emerged on social media of the two-time world champion training in Jeddah.

“It’s a good sign,” Nelson told Sky Sports. “He wants to acclimatise, get used to the heat, get used to his environment, make it second nature, a second home for himself out there, which is a good sign.”

Nelson compared Joshua’s early arrival to that of heavyweight great Muhammad Ali, who famously arrived in Zaire months before he defeated George Foreman in The Rumble in the Jungle in 1974.

“I remember when Ali did it when he was fighting George Foreman in the jungle, he was there for longer than he expected to be,” Nelson said.

“I think, this one here, AJ has gone out there thinking he’s got to do it right. I’m sure he’s taken his team out, his sparring partners out there.



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