“Lot of Sparring” – Anthony Joshua Opens Up on His Training Camp for Oleksandr Usyk

Published 09/22/2021, 10:13 AM EDT
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 17: Anthony Joshua trains during a media workout on October 17, 2017 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk are less than 5 days from meeting each other inside the ring. The emerging fight between this pair has sent shock waves across the combat sports universe and fans have picked their favorite.

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Joshua has a major backing of fans and boxing purists on his side. This is because Usyk isn’t an all-time heavyweight fighter and Joshua’s physical stature gives him a fair chance to get over the line in this bout.

Also, he’s spent some time preparing for Usyk. In his recent conversation with Sky Sports, Joshua revealed what he did differently in order to prepare for his Ukrainian foe.

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He said, “No pads, heavy bag work. Like a heavy bag, lot of sparring, so not really the mitts”

Since Joshua has primarily hit the heavy bag in his training camps, it seems he’ll go in for the kill right from the first bell.

Also, in the above interview, Joshua looked a bit leaner and he might hit the weighing scales at his lightest career weight. Overall, it looks like Joshua wants to retain his crucifying knockout power, along with some neutral weight, to keep his movements swift inside the ring.

For all of his fights, ‘AJ’ is known for bringing something new to the table. Considering that, fans expect something out of the box this time as well. And more than anyone else, the Brit himself will remain eager to pull off something special on fight night.

Can Anthony Joshua demolish Oleksandr Usyk?

Joshua holds a staggering 88% KO ratio, and he’s among those few heavyweights who need just one clean hit to close the game. In his fight against Usyk too, his right hand will be his prime weapon.

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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)

The Brit will look to take advantage of just that one mistake from Usyk, and this means the latter will have to be careful each and every second of this encounter.

With this fight, it’ll be exciting to see this boxing bout finally come to life, and in the end, only one true winner will be crowned.

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On a scale of 1-10, how do you rate Joshua’s chances of winning this fight?

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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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