OLEKSANDR USYK has been warned against racking up the pounds for his rematch with Anthony Joshua.
The Ukrainian outclassed AJ over 12 rounds last September after weighing 15.11 pounds.
But in recent training footage, ahead of their second fight on August 20 in Saudi Arabia, Usyk appears to have bulked up.
According to trainer Dave Coldwell, who coached Tony Bellew against the heavyweight champion, this is the wrong approach.
Coldwell told The Express: “From a Usyk point of view I understand he will be more aggressive and try to land bigger shots but as his mobility and speed are his two biggest assets they will take a hit.
“It’s going to slow him down, if you lose speed you give more opportunities to get hit and not only that I think AJ needs to really focus on going to Usyk’s body to take his legs away from him.
“Well, if that’s what he’s going for and he’s looking to land on the body, then when you’re gaining artificially engineered weight and muscle mass, then you tend to gas a little quicker when you’re going down the stairs up be hit in the body.
“We’re always looking at AJ and saying, ‘He’s too big, he’s too bulky,’ and that’s why he’s gasping faster, and when you land a couple of body shots on him he tends to gassing faster.
“Not just AJ, but a lot of fighters in general that have such high muscle density.
“But you don’t know how old that video clip is, I have stuff on my camera roll of my boxers in the early days of camp that I could post and people would be like, ‘Wow, that’s him now?’
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“And it’s not, so you have to take things with a pinch of salt, but if that’s true now, then it’s almost another twist in the analysis of this fight.”
Joshua, 32, has replaced longtime trainer Rob McCracken with American mastermind Robert Garcia.
But Usyk, 35, has his own changes in mind after spending his training camp in Dubai.
He told Parimatch: “Anthony Joshua is a strong guy and a strong boxer and he cannot be written off in any way.
“In the rematch he will be different. He will prepare differently. So will I.”
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