“He’s Good but I’m Better”- Anthony Joshua Sends a Stern Message to Oleksandr Usyk

Published 07/24/2021, 9:30 PM 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)


Three-belt unified champion Anthony Joshua has never shown extreme emotions in any of the build-ups of his fights. Trash-talking doesn’t seem to be his style. However, that doesn’t seem to affect Anthony Joshua’s prowess which has seen him surpass all of his opponents so far. While the Britisher is now set to face another elite, Oleksandr Usyk on September 25, the approach towards the fight remains the same.

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Joshua seems to have some respect for his next rival but claims himself superior to the undefeated Ukrainian. In a chat with Sky Sports, Anthony Joshua looked into his upcoming appearance and Oleksandr Usyk’s quality as a potential opponent.

‘AJ’ said,  “I rate all my opponents. He’s good. It’s all about the final bell and whose hand is raised. He’s good but I’m better.”

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“He is a great challenger for the heavyweight titles.”

“I’m looking to do a good job, to handle business, because I have my eyes set on other things.”

Speaking of the other things which Anthony Joshua mentioned, it might be the possible four-belt unification clash in the heavyweight division. Before sealing the fight against Usyk, Joshua was scheduled to face Tyson Fury for the WBC, WBO, IBF, and WBO titles.

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However, a sudden intervention from Deontay Wilder shattered all the plans, urging Joshua to bag a fight against Usyk. That said, the upcoming fight might be Joshua’s ticket to that goal. However, he cannot afford to look past Oleksandr Usyk at this particular moment. While Joshua has all the accolades to tout his excellence, Usyk can be a tough contender to deal with.

Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk–The Ultimate Clash

Despite dwarfing his Ukrainian opponent under every physical attributes, Anthony Joshua can face a tough time for Usyk’s stance. The 34-year-old undefeated champion is a southpaw and possesses some of the best footwork from the active roster. So, he might not be easy to connect on. However, a proper connection of shots can see Usyk drop to the canvas.

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‘AJ’ is a terrific knockout artist with a comprehensive defensive skill set. Apart from Andy Ruiz Jr. in the first fight, none of his rivals could actually trouble Joshua. Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin had seen minor moments, but none of them were successful in the end.

While AJ’ will face Usyk in his natural weight lass, a former cruiserweight champion in Oleksandr Usyk can possibly suffer his maiden defeat. However, that doesn’t shrink his chances in the bout.

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Whom do you see winning the fight? 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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