Eddie Hearn on Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk: It's a tactic that could work
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Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk will be a real spectacle. The Briton is motivated to take revenge for the defeat in the previous match and will give his best, we have no doubt about that. On the other hand, the Ukrainian is ready as never before.
He worked hard and prepared for this match. Usyk is aware that Joshua will be much better prepared this time. Eddie Hearn gave his opinion about this match. He paid a lot of attention to Robert Garcia. Hearn believes that Usyk is ready for anything in this match.
It is an interesting opinion related to tactics.
“He’s going to have a corner with direction,” Hearn told BBC 5 Live Boxing. “You always have to adapt against Oleksandr Usyk. Usyk’s not stupid. He knows that Joshua is going to be more aggressive in this fight and I think looking at the size of Usyk, he’s going to try and walk AJ down.
I think he doesn’t want to get backed up by Anthony Joshua. I think he’s going to try and hold the center of the ring, keep him close, walk him down, and I believe this fight will be over in six rounds, because that’s the period where Josh has to put the dent and the damage in Oleksandr Uysk”.
Eddie Hearn on Anthony Joshua
Hearn is not happy with Joshua's attitude and his statements. The legendary promoter expects Joshua to prepare the right tactics this time and to exploit the weaknesses of his opponent. Every boxer has flaws, including the Ukrainian.
We have no doubt that Joshua's team has been working hard to see their opponents' weaknesses. This time we expect him more aggressive. “Everything I heard from Josh in the days before the fight I hated because it was always, ‘I’m gonna outbox that guy,’ and for me, the one thing you gotta do against Olskandr Uysk is put a dent in him early,” Hearn said.
“Look at the state of Usyk’s face after the first fight…if you watch it back, every time he did hit him he wasn’t liking it. Watch the Derek Chisora fight against Usyk. I’ve never seen a man look so uncomfortable.
That’s what you gotta do. You can’t let this guy get into a rhythm”. There are great expectations from this match. Both fighters are world class. However, only one will win in the end. It is hard to guess who will be that one.