Evander Holyfield Weighs-In on Oleksandr Usyk’s Chances Against Anthony Joshua

Published 09/20/2021, 1:30 PM EDT


Evander Holyfield weighed in on the Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk fight. The two heavyweights will face each other in the ring on September 25. This fight marks Joshua’s mandatory title defense after winning the belts back.

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In an interview with Behind The Gloves on YouTube, Michelle Joy Phelps asks Holyfield his opinions on the fight. With Oleksandr Usyk moving up in weight from cruiserweight to heavyweight, Holyfield gave his thoughts on the fight.

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“Oh, tough fight, you know, he was a cruiserweight, now he coming to heavyweight. Only way you ever gonna do it is fight a heavyweight, and he fighting a good one, and so it gon be tough. I believe he can do it”  

When asked about a specific prediction, Holyfield said, “No, no, no, the fact of the matter is if you do the right things you know, everything is about confidence. If you do the right thing, you win”

Evander ‘The Real Deal’ Holyfield, arguably one of the greatest heavyweight and cruiserweight champions of the world, dethroned Iron ‘Mike’ Tyson. Fans considered Holyfield the underdog throughout his career. So it makes sense that he backs Usyk, who goes into the fight against Anthony ‘AJ’ Joshua as the underdog.

Holyfield himself fought in his comeback fight against Vitor Belfort on September 11.

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The novelty of celebrity boxing matches gained a lot of popularity this past year. However, many fans, boxers, and analysts felt the Evander Holyfield vs Vitor ‘The Phenom’ Belfort fight took it too far. Many fans expressed their concern for Holyfield, who took the fight on less than a week’s notice.

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At the age of 58, fighting someone 14 years younger than you does not seem like a good idea. That’s exactly how the match went down, Holyfield landed just one punch and got knocked down twice in the very first round. Fans questioned how the Florida State Athletic Commission sanctioned the fight after the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) refused to give Holyfield a license to fight.

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The CSAC refused to let Holyfield fight, stating his diminished skills and old age. Holyfield took the fight on less than a week’s notice, and Triller shifted the fight to Florida since the CSAC denied Holyfield a boxing license. Do you think Holyfield should have been allowed to fight?

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Combat Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Literature. Allan is a semi-professional football player for Diego Juniors FC.

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