“It’s Gonna Be Pretty Devastating”- David Haye Predicts an Outcome of Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk

Published 08/18/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua poses for a photo with the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title belts after 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)


The matchup between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk appears tricky. Both men have certain features that make them the favorite to win the upcoming showdown for the WBA, WBO, and IBF world titles. However, with less than five weeks left for the scrap, the boxing family has already picked sides.

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The former two-division champion, David Haye, is optimistic about Joshua having his hands raised. It’s pretty obvious because David Haye and Anthony Joshua hail from the UK and seem to share a healthy bond. However, ‘Hayemaker’ validated his prediction in a chat with IFL TV.

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He provided his views on whether the southpaw, Usyk, can trouble Anthony Joshua, shaking several people with his response.

The former champion said, “Not much, I don’t think. If AJ decides to have a tit-for-tat boxing match, then he’d have some trouble, but he’s not stupid enough to do that… It’s gonna be pretty devastating.”

Oleksandr Usyk has been an undefeated pugilist. After dominating the cruiserweight division as the undisputed champion, he had a successful move to the heavyweight division last year. Usyk outclassed Derek Chisora in a hard-fought battle to earn his shot at the gold.

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Now, as he has received his shot against Anthony Joshua, fans can expect the two Olympic gold medalists to unleash a gruesome battle against each other. Furthermore, as the winner will have a potential undisputed title fight in the future, Usyk vs Joshua is clearly one of the most important fights of the division at this stage.

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The fight will happen at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium on September 25. The full fight card is still being built with a nail-biting headliner on board. That said, the three-belt unified title bout ‘Usyk vs Joshua’ will determine the contender for the winner of the October 9 Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury match.

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The winners of both fights will ultimately collide to grab all four world titles of the heavyweight division. Considering the stakes, Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk will have a lot on the line when they meet each other in the squared circle.

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Who do you think will have the last laugh on September 25? 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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