“A Lovely Bloke”- Australian Southpaw Boxer Details His Sparring With Anthony Joshua

Published 09/08/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – MAY 01: Anthony Joshua in action during a training session during the Anthony Joshua Media Day at the English Institute of Sport on May 01, 2019 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)


Three-belt unified champion Anthony Joshua seems to be pushing his limits for the upcoming showdown against Oleksandr Usyk on September 25. After shedding some muscle from his physical frame, the Brit boxer has also begun working with a southpaw pugilist in his camp.

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Hence, Usyk’s stance may not surprise ‘AJ’ when they lock horns inside the ring. Demsey McKean, 19-0, is rightly assisting Joshua in the camp and appears to be honing his skills too.

Still fresh from a win against Kiki Toa Leutele, Kean has flown down to the UK and has connected with Sky Sports to share several insights. The Australian boxer also addressed his own combat future, but the prime focus was always on Anthony Joshua.

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Sharing his experience, Demsey McKean said, “Done some training yesterday afternoon. He was there, met him, had a bit of a chat. A lovely bloke. We’ve got our first spar today. I’m looking forward to that. It’s going to be a good experience.”

“He’s the biggest name in boxing in the world at the moment, in all weight classes, let alone heavyweight. To be in there and to gauge myself against the No 1 guy in the heavyweight division, that’s massive for me.”

“A really good experience. It was good to be training alongside him and it’s going to be even better to trade some punches with him very shortly.”

However, Usyk can differ significantly from McKean. The former cruiserweight champion successfully beat Dereck Chisora to begin a new ride in the heavyweight division. As he is on the brink of becoming a two-weight champion, we might see his best side on September 25.

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Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk – Title War

The winner of Usyk vs Joshua will hold the WBA, WBO, IBF, and IBO world titles, with a deserving shot at the WBC title ahead. Hence, it will clearly be one of the most important fights of the time.

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Usyk will look to retain his undefeated status, and Anthony Joshua will try to validate his supremacy as a heavyweight kingpin.

DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua celebrates victory over Andy Ruiz Jr during the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

All these factors make it an intriguing contest between two of the best modern-age boxers. The event will happen at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and will be available live on the Sky Sports PPV.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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