“For What Shall It Profit a Man”- Anthony Joshua Reflects Sheer Passion Before Oleksandr Usyk Fight

Published 08/23/2021, 1:30 PM EDT
CARDIFF, WALES – MARCH 31: Anthony Joshua poses with his belts after his WBA, IBF, WBO & IBO Heavyweight Championship title fight at Joseph Parker Principality Stadium on March 31, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


Anthony Joshua has never really shown his emotions before stepping up for in-ring battles. Despite his top-tier status and the aura of being a knockout artist, ‘AJ’ is not known for having a foul mouth. While his former opponents have been significantly different from him, Joshua hasn’t let them get beneath his skin.

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Holding three world titles in the heavyweight division, Anthony Joshua will defend his spot against a former cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk on September 25. Akin to his previous appearances, Joshua hasn’t demeaned his rival on any occasion. However, he relinquished his inactivity on social media with a passionate post, which can be alarming for Usyk.

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The upcoming fight will happen at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in the UK. Hence, Joshua will relish support from the home crowd against his Ukrainian opposition. That said, he put forth a profound statement on social media to express his love for boxing.

Anthony Joshua wrote, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul.”

Following a sensational stoppage win over Kubrat Pulev last year, Joshua had been preparing for a showdown against WBC champion Tyson Fury. However, the potential unification fight fell off, which evoked ‘AJ’ to prepare for Usyk.

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As it has been more than six months since his last fight, Joshua’s return to action will offer him a few features that can shock him for all the reasons. 18-0 as an ex-champion, Usk is also rising inactivity of over 9 months. However, he possesses a few abilities that can see him gain an upper hand over Joshua.

Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk- Elite against Elite

Joshua and Usyk have held gold medals in Olympics, before making it big in the professional chain. That said, Usyk is undefeated amongst the two. But the cruiserweight elite’s move to the heavyweight roster brought him against Dereck Chisora, a fight that exposed several flaws in his game.

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Despite winning the fight, Usyk was pushed to the corner, and Chisora had several successful moments. As we can consider Joshua to be a much better opponent than ‘WAR’ Chisora, it can be a problematic night for Oleksandr Usyk. Nevertheless, the Ukrainian star is a skilled southpaw and can use his credentials to overpower Anthony Joshua when they will meet inside the ropes.

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Who do you think will have the last laugh? Anthony Joshua or Oleksandr Usyk?

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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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