Anthony Joshua’s Photos From Oleksandr Usyk Training Camp Shows Fighter in Incredible Shape

Published 09/07/2021, 1:20 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)


Oleksandr Usyk might have to walk an extra mile for a successful result in his nearing scrap, since Anthony Joshua doesn’t appear to be leaving any stones unturned in his preparations. After overpowering almost half of the heavyweight roster, the Briton’s next test will see him go up against a former cruiserweight champion. That said, Joshua seems to have prioritized his shape over everything in this ongoing camp.

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He hasn’t talked much about his process. Instead, ‘AJ’ appears to have confined himself at the gym throughout the build-up. And all of it has been beneficial for the unified world heavyweight champion. Complementing his impeccable skills, Joshua’s alluring physique can help him move fast in-ring.

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The 31-year-old recently dropped a few pictures of himself from social media, which cites him to be in his prime shape. Putting some displays from his heavy bag work, Joshua has seemingly alarmed his opposition with the latest post. “Heavy Hitta,” he wrote in the caption.

As we stand three weeks away from the collision, ‘AJ’ vs Usyk is one of the two most important fights in the heavyweight division. Besides gaining legacy, the winner of the contest will also advance towards a 4-belt title unification shot in the future.

Anthony Joshua, in his natural weight class, has all the prowess to tout his supremacy. Meanwhile, Usyk (18-0) can also look into his rival’s eye and stand toe to toe. This leaves the door open to a 50-50 matchup ahead.

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Following a successful heavyweight move against Dereck Chisora, Usyk will straight fight for the heavyweight world titles. But his latest win against ‘WAR’ had exposed him to be an average contender in the particular division. Despite his southpaw stance, the Ukrainian pugilist had clearly fallen short in size. Adding to that, Joshua is a way better hitter than Chisora.

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)

Thus, Usyk shall be prepared for a tough run that can also bring him the maiden loss of his professional career. As Joshua is still fresh from his sensational title defense against Kubrat Pulev, Usyk’s unbeaten status may not intimidate the heavyweight titlist.

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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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