Anthony Joshua Claims Oleksandr Usyk as Good as Tyson Fury: ‘He Will Definitely Step Up’

Published 07/21/2021, 5:30 PM EDT
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)


Three-belt unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will defend his titles against the undefeated Oleksandr Usyk on September 25th in a fight that has replaced a four-belt unification matchup to seal its fate.

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Before confirming the bout with the Ukrainian fighter, Joshua was scheduled to meet WBC champion, Tyson Fury, possibly in August.

However, the matchup fell through, urging ‘AJ’ to face Usyk. While Fury appears to possess better quality than Usyk as a heavyweight puncher, Joshua claims to have found similarities in both men.

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He connected with Sky Sports and addressed the change in his opponent from Tyson Fury to Oleksandr Usyk. Anthony Joshua said, “I don’t want to point any fingers. I was definitely ready.

“We move forward. I’ve got another challenger who’s good, just as good. I have to be serious about him now. He will definitely step up, he will definitely take the fight. That’s what I need – people that are serious.”

Although Joshua seems confident about bagging the win, Usyk will never be an easy opponent. The former unified cruiserweight champion has been flawless so far in his professional boxing career.

Furthermore, Joshua doesn’t have a blueprint to craft a winning gameplan against the undefeated Ukrainian boxer.

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So, the fight might see the tables turn and Usyk will rightly have the chance to become a heavyweight world champion. It wouldn’t be an undemanding task, but Usyk has all the necessary tools in his arsenal which can get his hands raised.

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Oleksandr Usyk, an elite southpaw, might be tricky to decode inside the ring. He is swift and has fast hands which might trouble Anthony Joshua on the fight night.

However ‘AJ’ will enjoy his sheer size advantage and on connecting a proper shot, he can take out Usyk in a stunning fashion. Furthermore, the fight would determine a contender for an absolute heavyweight unification fight.

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Hence, Usyk and Joshua will have a lot to hold on to. As they prepare for their career-defining battle against each other, the fight cites a 50-50 possibility. Both men will have their chances in the ring, but the smarter boxer will have the last laugh.

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Whom do you see winning? Anthony Joshua or Oleksandr Usyk?

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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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