Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk (18-0, 13 KOs) and Briton Anthony Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) will compete in the boxing ring on September 25th. The stakes are WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles. The fighter from Ukraine once ruled the "cruiser" category, but in the fall of 2019, he made his debut in the heavyweight category.
He is currently on three wins in a row within the heavyweight division and has earned the opportunity to attack the belts of the great Joshua who is currently on two wins in a row (Andy Ruiz, Kubrat Pulev). Tyson Fury (30-0, 21 KOs) is a WBC champion, and his father John Fury in an interview with Boxing Social explained that he gives no chance to Usyk in the match against Joshua.
'' Usyk is good. He is world-class in the cruiserweight category and he has proven it. However, Joshua is a big strong man with a good set of boxing skills." "All things considered, I think he’s too good for Usyk who won’t be able to hit him hard enough because he’s too small.
I think Joshua will finish him early and will literally go through him." "That is why there are weight categories. They are both extremely good, but if two good boxers meet, the bigger one will always win. And Joshua is the one in this story, '' John Fury said.
Usyk entered the last fight against Dereck Chisora with 98 kilograms while Joshua weighed 109 kilograms in his performance against Pulev. The Briton often weighed over 110 pounds in his fights and John Fury’s theory definitely makes sense.
Joshua is seven centimeters taller than the Ukrainian, and the 10 centimeters difference in "reach" is also noticeable. It is to be expected that Usyk will still gain additional muscle mass, but there are numerous examples where a physically smaller fighter beat a significantly larger one.
Oleksandr Usyk is technically very capable with such feats. However, we are aware of all the surprises in the world of boxing and we would not be surprised if it happens this time as well. Usyk is a great fighter who is in good shape and the fact that he is an outsider will be an additional motive in this fight that we all can't wait for.
Maybe Usyk will show that it will not be so easy, and he manages to defeat the British. It will be difficult, but not impossible.