“I Don’t Think He Liked Getting Hit”: Eddie Hearn Advises Anthony Joshua to “Take The Chances” In Oleksandr Usyk Rematch

Published 06/22/2022, 6:45 AM EDT
Boxing – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk Weigh-in – The O2, London, Britain – September 24, 2021 Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk go head to head during the weigh-in as promoter Eddie Hearn looks on Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Anthony Joshua is all set to meet Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk for a rematch. The rumors about this battle have been circulating for quite some time, and now it is finally taking place. In the midst of all of this, Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, had some powerful words for his boxer.

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Hearn said, “He has to let his hands go more. He has to damage Oleksandr Usyk whenever he can. And he has to strike him out of his rhythm. I don’t think Oleksandr Usyk likes getting hit, I don’t think he liked getting hit in the first fight, he didn’t get hit much. So AJ’s got to take the chances when you present yourself, he’s gotta be smarter.” 

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He further added, “I think this fight will be a lot more exciting than the first fight. AJ understands the skills and the attributes of Oleksandr Usyk and he has to negate that with his assets. Which is his power, his speed, his combination punching. Certainly, I believe you’ll see a much more aggressive Anthony Joshua in this fight.” 

Anthony Joshua and his best knockouts 

The British boxer has dominated the world of boxing like a true warrior. He is a master artisan who knows how to play his sport and has a large global fan base. In 2015, AJ faced Dillian Whyte, and he amazed the world by knocking him out in the seventh round with an incredible uppercut.

AJ also defeated Joseph Parker in 2018, displaying his superior footwork, hard jabs, and tactical acumen. In the same year, he faced up against another ferocious opponent. Joshua again emerged as the champion when he defeated Russian boxer Alexander Povetkin.

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Joshua vs. Ruiz Jr. was another match-up that shocked the globe. In the first fight, the British boxer was vanquished, but in the second, he came back with all his might and smashed his opponent with some strong strikes.

Moreover, Joshua’s iconic win over Vladimir Klitschko left the globe in awe. The two heavyweights set the Wembley Stadium on fire in front of around 90,000 people. Currently, AJ is focused on his upcoming showdown with Usyk in August.

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Shashank Wankhede

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Shashank Wankhede is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. When it comes to boxing, the blockbuster film 'Rocky' sparked his interest in the sport. He holds Muhammad Ali in great regard and is a sincere admirer of his narrative, struggle, and accomplishments.

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