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Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk

WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight World Championship

25 September 2021

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London

 

WBC and lineal world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has expressed his doubts over whether long-time rival Anthony Joshua will be able to successfully defend his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight World Championship titles against Oleksandr Usyk.

 

Joshua (24-1, 22 KO) and Usyk (18-0, 13 KO) will meet for their bout at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on 25 September 2021. The clash came about because the originally hoped-for match between Fury and Joshua was scrapped when the former was ordered to complete a trilogy of fights against Deontay Wilder (they will meet in October).


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‘The Gypsy King’ is still hopeful that he will have a showdown with ‘AJ’ in the future, but while he is confident of beating Wilder for a second successive time, he does not have the same faith in his fellow Brit’s chances of overcoming ‘The Cat’, who has stepped up from cruiserweight to be a mandatory challenger.

 

“Now they’re left with Joshua stuck between a rock and a hard place,” said Fury. “I don’t think they [Matchroom, Joshua’s boxing promoters] fancy the Ukrainian guy [Oleksandr Usyk] for the fight he needs in August. And with their DAZN deal, it looks now as if that will be their last fight with Joshua.

 

“Usyk is a southpaw, clever, technically very good. He’s smaller as a former cruiserweight champion but he handled Derek Chisora, who is physically tougher than Joshua. So while I’m absolutely confident of beating Wilder, I’m not so sure about AJ not losing his fight.”


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However, Derek Chisora, who was beaten by Usyk back in October 2020, reckons Joshua has nothing to fear: “The guy can’t punch. To be honest, he’s not a scare in the heavyweight division. Physically he’s not strong,” said Chisora.

 

“I ate one of his best shots and it didn’t bother me. His output is good but he has no power. All he did was run away.”

 

Tale of the tape

 

Anthony Joshua

Nickname: AJ

Nationality: British

Age: 31

Record: 24-1 (22 KO)

Height: 198cm

Reach: 208cm

Stance: Orthodox

- WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight World Champion

- 2012 Olympic Games, Gold Medal winner, Super-heavyweight

 

Oleksandr Usyk

Nickname: The Cat

Nationality: Ukrainian

Age: 34

Record: 18-0 (13 KO)

Height: 191cm

Reach: 198cm

Stance: Southpaw

- 2012 Olympic Games, Gold Medal winner, Heavyweight

- WBO mandatory challenger


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Published: 09/22/2021