“I’ve Been Training Like a 15-Round Fighter” – Anthony Joshua Details His Preparation for Oleksandr Usyk

Published 08/26/2021, 3:01 AM EDT
Boxing – Heavyweight World Title Fight – Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev – The SSE Arena, London, Britain – December 12, 2020 Anthony Joshua enters the arena before the fight Pool via REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge


Two-time heavyweight champion of the world, Anthony Joshua, is training for his mandatory title defense against Oleksandr Usyk. The fight will take place on Saturday, September 25 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.

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The pair will compete for the WBA (Super) title, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight championship titles. Oleksandr Usyk is the former undisputed cruiserweight champion and the WBO’s mandatory heavyweight challenger. Joshua is prepared to go the distance with the Ukrainian, who is known for his footwork and agility. Usyk will use this to his advantage and dance in and out of Joshua’s range.

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“I’m fighting a guy who’s a twelve-round fighter. So it’d be silly of me to go in there bulky, with my muscles screaming for oxygen. I’ve been training like a 15-round fighter in this camp. I’ll be well-conditioned to fight so that’s key and what happens when I train that way is my body just adapts and takes its natural form,” Joshua said.

Despite the hype surrounding the Ukrainian Olympic gold medallist, Joshua is excited to get into the ring with his fellow Olympian. Anthony Joshua will have the home turf advantage with fans in attendance.

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Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk

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They billed the fight as ‘The Perfect Storm’ with the unified heavyweight champion of the world, Anthony Joshua, and the former cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk. Joshua initially wanted to fight fellow British champion, Tyson Fury.

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)

However, an arbitration hearing in favor of Deontay Wilder was upheld and Fury had to fight Wilder for their Trilogy fight. Now Anthony Joshua will focus on Oleksandr Usyk. If he successfully defends his title, he will then look to fight the winner of Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder III.

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Will Anthony Joshua be able to make light work of the Ukrainian? Or will Oleksandr Usyk shock the world like Andy Ruiz Jr did in 2019?

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Combat Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Literature. Allan is a semi-professional football player for Diego Juniors FC.

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