(Video) Anthony Joshua and Lawrence Okolie sparring footage released

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New sparring footage has been released which shows Anthony Joshua and Lawrence Okolie in the ring together.

AJ will soon be stepping up his preparations for the proposed rematch with Oleksandr Usyk, during which the Briton will be looking to avenge the September defeat and win back his world titles.

Okolie, who has sparred with Joshua frequently in the past, retained his WBO Cruiserweight title with a knockout win over Dilan Prasovic on the undercard of Joshua vs Usyk I.

It’d be wise of Joshua to make full use of his close relationship with Okolie in order to equip himself for his second bite at the Usyk cherry, and it appears as though he is.

Footage was released on Tuesday which showed the pair going through the motions in the ring, with AJ and Okolie flow sparring before putting the gloves on and getting to work.

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For some, this serves as a gauge of Okolie’s size against one of the world’s finest heavyweights. A future move up to the heavyweight division has not been ruled out.

It is also encouraging for Joshua fans to see him working the body – albeit in a very short clip. He didn’t do that enough against Usyk first time around, perhaps it’s an early indicator of a style change for the rematch…

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