Anthony Joshua must learn the “laws of combat” after losing his world titles to Oleksandr Usyk, says Michael Hunter, who has rebuilt his career after a defeat to the Ukrainian.
The British heavyweight star has revealed he could add an America-based coach to his squad after touring several gyms in the United States following his unanimous decision defeat to Usyk.
Hunter suffered a points loss to Usyk in 2017, which remains the only flaw in his record, and he expected the pound-for-pound star to win Joshua’s WBA, IBF and WBO titles.
“It went exactly as I said it would go,” Hunter told Sky Sports.
“Anthony Joshua did exactly what I said. The game plan he came out with, the strategic game plan or his coaches, I wouldn’t give him everything.
“Going out there and trying to box a pure boxer wasn’t the best move for him, but I think he can improve in the next fight.”
Joshua prepares to take on Usyk again early next year after activating an immediate rematch clause.
But Hunter believes he could have passed on valuable advice if Joshua had made his way to his training base in Las Vegas.
“It’s funny, because when he was doing his rounds, I was like, ‘I wish he could take a trip right to where I am now.’ I wish I could be his coach, ”Hunter said.
“I just think I would be able to teach him a lot of different things, or show him a lot of different things, because he’s obviously a fighter, but I feel he doesn’t really know the laws of fighting.
“He knows the rules, but it seems to me that he doesn’t know how to apply the laws of combat.
“A lot of these guys, we can use Andre Ward for example. He’s not the most talented person, but he’s very strategic at what he does.
“We all know it’s a learning curve for Anthony Joshua. He’s continued to grow since the Olympics. He’s just getting better.
“I think it will do well. It is a good opportunity to take revenge.”
Hunter moved up to heavyweight following his loss to Usyk, who also joined the top division after becoming the undisputed king of cruiserweights.
The American contender defeated rivals such as Martin Bakole and Sergey Kuzmin to earn a No. 2 in the WBA rankings and would welcome another fight with Usyk.
“It’s a little better for me, because I don’t think anyone but Usyk would have fought me, from the rest of those guys,” Hunter said.
“The fact that it’s in Usyk’s hands and could stay there gives me the opportunity to get all the belts. That’s why I’m here.
“I wish I could fight the best guys and get these good names, but at the end of the day, I just want to become undisputed – and that’s what I’m looking for.”
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