TYSON FURY’S dad John has blasted Anthony Joshua’s corner as he blamed his team for his defeat against Oleksandr Usyk.
The 31-year-old lost his WBA, WBO and IBF titles on Saturday night after being outpointed by the unbeaten Ukrainian.
Joshua has since ‘activated in principle’ his rematch clause to face his 34-year-old rival and try to win the belts back.
His promoter Eddie Hearn has urged AJ he must go in and ‘hurt’ Usyk having had some success in their dust-up at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Meanwhile, Joshua’s trainer Rob McCracken believes Joshua will win the rematch should he apply pressure with his jab and keep Usyk off balance.
But John Fury, 57, has hit out at McCracken and the rest of Joshua‘s corner for failing to change up his tactics during his 12-round war.
He told BT Sport: “Listen he’s a very awkward man Usyk. Obviously he’d never fought anybody like that before.
“What he did need to do is adopt Derek Chisora’s game plan because he did a better job than what [AJ] did.
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“I thought if he used his weight a bit more and put a bit more devil in his work, it could’ve gone better for him. I was surprised because he’s a big dude.
“He might’ve lost too much weight, but what he needed to do was get all over him and put him under pressure. Not let him settle.
“When your plan ain’t working, it’s up to the corner to switch it up, and they never. They kept saying in the eighth round, ‘Be smart behind your jab.’
“It wasn’t working because he was in front of a master technician and he played Usyk’s game from the beginning. They didn’t try and change it – it’s his corner’s fault.”
He then added: “Give AJ a break.
“Because it wasn’t all AJ’s fault, it was his corner, they never had the brains to help him out of a sticky situation.
“You’ve got to know that the men in your corner know the fight game.”