“I Like to Challenge Myself” – Anthony Joshua Talks About Facing Oleksandr Usyk

Published 09/14/2021, 1:30 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)


Anthony Joshua is just a few days away from making his very first boxing appearance in 2021. This time, he’ll battle Oleksandr Usyk, and he will look to retain his WBA, WBO, and IBF heavyweight straps. This fight is highly important for the Brit as the possibility, regarding his fighting for the undisputed throne, relies heavily on this contest.

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Joshua is already considered as a favorite for this battle as fans feel his heavyweight frame would help him counter Usyk, who is a former cruiserweight champ.

However, ‘AJ’ isn’t really bothered about the weight class as he’s completely hooked in for this fight.

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Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports Boxing recently, he said, ”All boxers can move up weight. Some fighters say, ‘Oh I kind of feel better at the bigger weight or I carry more power or I feel fresher’ I mean he’s not having to make weight. I’ve kind of in my mind removed the way.

“The conversation about this is the heavyweight, and he’s a cruiserweight. I get that, but I like to challenge myself. Let’s remove that out of the way. And let’s look at where I’m at skill-wise, technical-wise. because I’ve got what I already have, anyway.”

Usyk, who isn’t a prime heavyweight, will be facing the biggest heavyweight of this era in Anthony Joshua. And he is ready to go toe to toe against the British boxing star and the latter, too, is eager to make a statement.

Also, with Joshua’s above statements, it’s clear that he isn’t underestimating the undefeated Usyk by any means.

Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk – A vital slugfest

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Joshua vs Usyk’s fight is an important one in the heavyweight mix. Because right now, the division is in a total mess. And this fight will open the doors for even bigger fights for both of them.

Accordingly, the fans can expect the two men to wage a war against each other. Right from the first bell, every fight fan expects to be fully immersed in this fight, as it has the potential to end in a flash.

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And, it’ll be interesting to see who among the two comes out on top on fight night.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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