Evander Holyfield Warns Anthony Joshua: “You Ain’t Gonna Outbox This Little Guy”

Published 10/23/2021, 8:15 AM EDT
Boxing – WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 25, 2021 Anthony Joshua in action against Oleksandr Usyk Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge


Anthony Joshua seems confident about avenging his second professional loss against Oleksandr Usyk in an immediate rematch. Following a massive upset in September, AJ has gone for the rematch without having any second thoughts.

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As he avenged his maiden loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. in 2019, Joshua may expect to do something similar against Usyk. However, former two-division champion Evander Holyfield has pointed at several problems ahead of ‘AJ’.

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‘The Real Deal’ connected with Blue Blood Sports TV and said, “Here’s a guy that could box and Anthony Joshua can box too. But he didn’t fight the fight that was, I guess, beneficial to him. He is a big guy, now how are you gonna outbox a little guy? You ain’t gonna outbox this little guy. He’s a little bit more quicker. So, you have to fight him like a big man. You got to step through him and blow him out.”

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Anthony Joshua came in as a massive favorite in his scrap against Oleksandr Usyk at a packed Tottenham Hotspur stadium. He started brilliantly but soon fell prey to Usyk’s impeccable movement and southpaw stance. While Joshua tried to figure it out, Usyk dominated the fight.

Despite going full length, ‘AJ’ was beaten and had nothing left. On the contrary, Usyk looked steady while having his hands raised for the titles.

Anthony Joshua needs to beat Oleksandr Usyk

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‘AJ’, who has been one of the best in the heavyweight division, continues to hold the same position. But after his recent loss, he has gone out of the current title picture.

Boxing – WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 25, 2021 Anthony Joshua in action against Oleksandr Usyk Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

As for Usyk, he is undefeated and is a former undisputed cruiserweight champion. While no one had envisioned him beating Joshua, he turned the tables in style and became the unified heavyweight champion. When they rematch, he will look to do the same again and eject Joshua from the title picture.

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Unless Joshua regains his belts, he will be unable to make movements towards the other champions. Hence, he needs to beat ‘The Cat’.

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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. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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