Anthony Joshua Compares Oleksandr Usyk With Floyd Mayweather: “It’s All About Skills”

Published 09/05/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – OCTOBER 12: Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine walks to the ring before his Heavyweight bout against Chazz Witherspoon at Wintrust Arena on October 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)


Despite having the physical advantages, Anthony Joshua doesn’t seem to overlook Oleksandr Usyk as a rightful contender for the heavyweight world titles. They will collide on September 25 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with Joshua’s WBA, WBO, IBF, and IBO titles at stake. However, several people have already demeaned Usyk’s chances, since he has been a natural cruiserweight all his life.

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Furthermore, a bleak performance against Dereck Chisora had urged many to believe that Anthony Joshua is way more superior to the Ukrainian elite. Nevertheless, ‘AJ’ has justified why Usyk is a threat to his status and has compared him with ‘TBE’ Floyd Mayweather.

In a chat with Ledley King, ‘AJ’ said, “I feel like people think because he is a weight below. Yeah, a southpaw fighter, a weight below, he is not made for the heavyweight division. Which I believe, if that was the case, you will never have guys like Floyd Mayweather, or you know. Six divisions champions and moved up six times. It’s all about skills.”

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18-0 as a professional, Oleksandr Usyk reigned over the cruiserweight division as its unified champion for a long time. Besides, as he beat Chisora via judges’ decision after entering the heavyweight ride, he is aligned for one of the biggest fights of his career against Anthony Joshua.

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However, Anthony Joshua will also offer sheer heat from his end. Fresh from a win against Kubrat Pulev, ‘AJ’ can therefore be the first man to beat Usyk, quite a tag to earn. Here’s a deeper look into their upcoming clash.

Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk – heavyweight affair

Both Joshua and Usyk have been former Olympic gold medalists and have the respective world titles to tout in their pro careers. But the nearing fight will have a lot more than just legacy. Apart from settling the winner of the fight, it will also determine a contender for the potential unification fight.

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While Usyk and Joshua will lock horns on Sept 25, October 9 will see Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder collide for the WBC title. The winners of both these bouts will expectedly face-off for all four world heavyweight belts in the future. So, Usyk and Joshua have a must-win fight ahead, one that can influence the future of the entire division.

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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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