Anthony Joshua has faced a drop in the WBA rankings and is now rated at No.5 after his defeat by Oleksandr Usyk.
‘AJ’ was dominated by the tricky Ukrainian during his defeat in September which led to him losing his unified world titles.
He was heavily criticised in the aftermath of his lacklustre performance and is now facing a revenge mission for the rematch which will take place next year.
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But his latest blow has come after he faced a drop in the WBA rankings down to No.5 just a single place above Deontay Wilder , the beaten rival of Tyson Fury .
The news will come as a shock to the 32-year-old who is now ranked below the likes of British pair Hughie Fury and No.1 ranked Daniel Dubois , with the pair having also suffered career defeats to lower ranked opponent than Joshua.
Usyk now currently holds the WBA ‘super’ heavyweight title that he snatched from Joshua with Trevor Bryan currently holding the ‘regular’ heavyweight title.
Robert Helenius and Michael Hunter are ranked at No.2 and No.3 respectively and will have their eye on a world title shot.
However Joshua has the chance to immediately redeem his status with the WBA by dethroning Usyk immediately after he activated his rematch clause.
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But he has acknowledged changes will be need to be made by admitting his cautious tactical approach was the wrong one against an experienced technical operator.
Joshua has recently toured gyms in America visiting the likes of Eddy Reynoso and Ronnie Shields in a bid to find a new trainer to add to his corner.
But any new arrival will first be asked to work alongside Joshua’s long-term coach Rob McCracken before any permanent decision is made regarding the pair’s future together.
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However heavyweight star Hunter who is now ranked higher than Joshua with the WBA has criticised the former two-time champion for a lack of understanding of boxing “laws”.
“To go out there and try and box a pure boxer was not the best move for him, but I think he can improve in the next fight,” Hunter.
“It’s funny, because when he was doing his rounds, I was like, ‘I wish he could just take a trip over right where I’m at right now.’ I wish I could be his trainer.
“I just think that I would be able to teach him a lot of different things, or show him a lot of different things, because he’s a fighter obviously but I feel like he doesn’t really know the laws of fighting.
“He knows the rules, but I feel like he doesn’t know how to apply the laws of fighting. “I think he’ll do well. It’s a good opportunity to get his revenge.
“We all know it’s a learning curve for Anthony Joshua . He’s continued to grow since the Olympics. He’s only getting better.
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