Anthony Joshua Plans to Use Strength and Boxing to Squash Oleksandr Usyk

Published 09/24/2021, 6:52 AM 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)


Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua isn’t just relying on his gigantic physical frame and power to outclass Oleksandr Usyk on September 25 at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium. He also claims to be honing the boxing abilities that can help him crack the undefeated Ukrainian.

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Since the fight received official confirmation, several analysts have favored Joshua to possess power while pitching Oleksandr Usyk to be the better boxer. Also, Usyk’s southpaw stance has evoked many to believe he can trouble ‘AJ’ on the technical grounds.

However, Anthony Joshua appears to have enough confidence regarding his skill and boxing abilities. Hence, he has revealed a portion of his game plan, vowing to use both- power and technique in their upcoming collision.

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In a chat with Sky Sports, Anthony Joshua said, “I can out-box him, of course I can. And I can out-strength him.”

“You have to have a bit of aggression, boxing skill, head movement. There is not just one factor that determines a fight.”

“Obviously we have our go-to-our strength. I will use my strengths.”

“But it’s called a boxing match for a reason. I love the sweet science. I will display my boxing skills, but I won’t make it too complicated in there.”

Anthony Joshua‘s impeccable professional record has always cited him as a knockout artist and a hard-hitter. Nevertheless, the British star has also displayed his boxing skills on several occasions. Joshua is undoubtedly one of the best in the heavyweight division. Hence, he seems to be extra confident as he gets ready to face a former cruiserweight champion, who is still fresh in the heavyweight division.

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Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk–The Best vs The Best

Both the former Olympic gold medalists have been flawless in their respective professional careers. That said, their upcoming fight could change the trajectory of the entire roster. The winner of the matchup will hold three belts- WBA, WBO, IBF, and can target the winner of Fury vs Wilder 3 for a four-belt unification fight in the future.

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This leaves a lot to look forward to, as both men are set to come in with a will to win. Although Joshua will dwarf Usyk, it would be wise of him not to overlook the former cruiserweight elite. Or else, the 2x heavyweight champion could fall short once again, which can be extremely fatal at this stage.

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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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