Carl Froch: Anthony Joshua will need a 'brain transplant' to beat Oleksansr Usyk

Froch was speaking in London ahead of the rematch between the two heavyweights in Saudi Arabia.

Anthony Joshua is promising a better performance and believes he will knock out Oleksandr Usyk this time.

The Brit has made changes ahead of the August 20 clash, including his main trainer. Robert Garcia will replace Rob McCracken and work alongside Angel Fernandez.

If Joshua wins, then he will become a three-time heavyweight champion but Carl Froch - who worked with McCracken throughout his professional career - believes even a new trainer won't be able to make much difference.

Froch told Betfred's Lightweight Boxing Show: "Sometimes a change is good, but for Anthony Joshua to beat Oleksandr Usyk, he needs a brain transplant. He's got all the physical attributes but I just don't think he can beat him."

Froch told iFL TV in another interview: 'I think it's going to be difficult for Joshua to beat Usyk in this rematch; it's going to be very difficult unless he changes his train of thought and his mindset.

Anthony Joshua is fighting on August 20

"His mindset needs to be bang on. He needs to start believing in himself and go in that ring with all the confidence that he can and will do the job. If he goes in believing, he can achieve.

"I just think since the Ruiz loss, he hasn't had that mindset and hasn't had that mentality of a winner. He just sort of got through the rematch with Ruiz, and I wasn't impressed with the (Kubrat) Pulev victory.

"I've not seen that fire back in his belly. I don't think leaving Rob McCracken, I don't know it was a good decision or not, but I'm hoping it works out to be a good decision for him in terms of changing his mentality.

"Maybe a change is as good as anything else when you have a rematch with somebody like Usyk because he needs to do something different.

"It's a tough one for AJ. I'm not saying he can't do it, because he can, he has all the physical attributes. But he needs to get it right mentally. He needs to get his head right. If he doesn't believe in himself, he may as well not even bother turning up."

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