Clarke: "Garcia got the bad guy out of Joshua"
Earlier this year, Joshua parted ways with his longtime trainer Robert McCracken and ended up hiring Garcia. Many believe that Joshua was not aggressive enough in his first fight with Usyk last September at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. The revenge is scheduled for August 20 in Saudi Arabia.
Clarke, the 2020 Olympic bronze medalist, has noticed Joshua's newfound motivation in the Brit's ongoing training camp.
“He has no illusions. To defeat Usyk, he must be the best he's ever been. Better than on the day of the fight with Wladimir Klitschko. He had his ups and downs, but he must return. He just has to do it, ”Clark said in an interview with Sky Sports.
“He has every chance of winning. Judging by what he does daily and weekly, I believe that he has every chance. He does everything that can be required of a fighter in a training camp. With the experience and skills he already has, he has every chance of winning. Many people say that Usyk is very good. Yes, he is very good. There is no doubt about this. He is an excellent fighter. But he is only human. If he falls, he probably won't get up," Clarke added.
Clark expects more aggression and physical strength from Joshua when he enters the ring with Usyk for the second time.
“I feel like Joshua is a kind guy at heart. And someone had to get the bad guy out of him. I think Robert Garcia can do it. He will pull it out of him. This could be the greatest night of heavyweight boxing in the UK. I feel that everyone considers Joshua to be a clear outsider. Yes, he can just be outboxed for 12 rounds. But I would not advise betting against him now, ”Clark said.