Anthony Joshua Admits Oleksandr Usyk Fight Can Be “Mentally Fatiguing”

Published 08/24/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 03: Anthony Joshua looks on ahead of the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Clash On The Dunes Public Work Out at Public at the Investment Fund office complex on December 03, 2019 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


Anthony Joshua is eager to fight under the big lights on September 25. He will battle out Oleksandr Usyk and will look to defend all his titles. Although Joshua is an unquestionable favorite, this fight is still one of the most important fights for him. This is because it may seal his spot in the undisputed heavyweight championship bout against Fury/Wilder.

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In his fresh and exclusive interaction with Sky Sports, the Brit opened up on tackling Oleksandr Usyk. And he also revealed his game plan for the same.

“Concentration – when you want to [punch], you lock in, then make a move. You have to make sure your brain works.”

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“That can be mentally fatiguing so I am sharpening the mind so that I can concentrate for the 12 rounds.”

“Also I practice having the ability to [punch] four times, not just once.”

“It’s a fight for the brain. Knowing what you’ve got in front of you and knowing how to deal with it,” Joshua added.

As ‘AJ’ knows the importance of his fight with the Ukrainian boxer, he is looking to plot the best game plan for this title defense. The Brit is one of the most elite heavyweights in the modern era, and his dismantling power has allured every boxing lover.

But in this fight, he’ll look forward to bringing in something even more special.

Also, as Usyk is a former cruiserweight champ, he will have quick footsteps and he will be agile. Furthermore, as he is a former world titlist, the aura of the occasion may not awe him. Hence, Joshua will not underestimate his upcoming opponent. Instead, ‘AJ’ will look to seal all the loopholes and present his best self inside the ring on September 25.

Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk – A captivating heavyweight war

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The Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk fight is special in its own way and it has created surreal buzz for obvious reasons.

DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua poses for a photo with the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title belts after 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)

For now, the heavyweight roster is in a complete mess, but this fight will undoubtedly solve some equations for the fans and other fighters in the division. Hence, the world will have its eyes set on this prime bout, which will get rolled out in a sensational fashion on September 25.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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