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‘F****** go and grab it by the balls’ – Hatton gives Joshua rematch advice

RICKY HATTON has called on Anthony Joshua to throw the kitchen sink at Oleksandr Usyk when the pair meet for their blockbuster rematch.

The boxing legend begged his fellow Brit to shake off the doubters and use his famed punching power to knock out the Ukrainian tactician.

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Southpaw Oleksandr Usyk outpointed Anthony Joshua in SeptemberCredit: Reuters

AJ was heavily criticised for trying to match the crafty Usyk for boxing skills when the pair fought at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last month.

That game plan resulted in Joshua losing his heavyweight belts but Hatton insisted he could reclaim them with a more front-foot approach.

He told MailOnline: “My advice if AJ was listening to me now: they’ve all written you off anyway, they all think Usyk is going to win the fight even more comfortably – use that as your fuel to ram it down their throats.

“If they think you’re going to get beat anyway, you’ve got nothing to lose, son. F****** go and grab it by the balls.’

“I’d keep the tactics dead simple: ‘(Usyk) outboxed me last time, this time I’m going to f****** bash you.

“At this level, it’s probably not as simple as that, but I just think there’s so much AJ’s got to offer.”

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Ricky Hatton is a former two-weight world champion

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Ricky Hatton is a former two-weight world championCredit: Splash

Promoter Eddie Hearn reckons the rematch could take place as early as March with the UK in pole position to host.

Pundits and commentators have been queuing up to have their say, with Tony Bellew just one example of boxing voices telling AJ to up the ante.

Hatton is convinced the Watford fighter has what it takes to reclaim his titles given he’s already done it before against Andy Ruiz Jr.

Hatton added: “In the rematch, a lot of people say Usyk will do the same again, only he’ll put his foot on the gas a little bit earlier and might stop AJ. I think the opposite.

“You’ve got to be able to adapt, and if it’s one thing AJ has it’s that adaptability.

“He can box, as he proved by winning Olympic gold and regaining the heavyweight title. He can mix it up.”

Eddie Hearn says that AJ rematch with Usyk is ‘realistic’ for March



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