“Make or Break for AJ”: Fans React to the Official Announcement of Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk II

Published 06/21/2022, 5:30 AM EDT
Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk II is now official. The fight will take place on August 20 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. There is so much that depends on the event – Anthony Joshua’s career ahead, Oleksandr Usyk’s legacy, and Tyson Fury’s plausible return.

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The duo first met on September 25, 2021. Usyk won the fight via unanimous decision and became the third fighter in history to win titles in cruiserweight and heavyweight after Evander Holyfield and David Haye. Currently, under ESPN‘s P4P divisional ranking, Oleksandr Usyk ranks second after Tyson Fury, and Joshua, fourth.

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The loss to Usyk is the only loss in Joshua’s career that he is yet to avenge. Will he be able to take a stand? Following the announcement of the Joshua vs. Usyk II match date, fans heavily reacted on Twitter. Here are some reactions worth sharing – enjoy your read.

Fans pour in their opinions ahead of Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk II

This is the fight promoters were dying to make happen. The rematch had to take place and we must see the ultimate winner. Many in the boxing world believe that the winner of Joshua vs. Usyk II will pull Tyson Fury back in the ring. However, apart from Fury’s suspected return, this fight is equally important for Anthony Joshua’s future in pro boxing.

A user by the handle of Smitty’s Ghost felt Usyk should win again. They wrote the following:

In addition, someone called DaisyDoo has predicted Joshua to run out of his tank by the 4th round and get knocked down in the 5th.

@BerryCorner1881 wrote something similar. However, they predicted ‘AJ’ to gas out within round 6.

While they predicted Joshua’s loss, @MarvinKBrown1 was a little sympathetic and offered something of a reasonable point to the debate.

Stev@LFCGKO however, felt that Usyk should KO Joshua or he will get robbed.
https://twitter.com/LFCGKO/status/1538572426002456580?s=20
However, Chris, on the other end, wrote, “Joshua should have fought in March or April but I think Hearn doesn’t have much confidence in AJ. I think Usyk is going to knock him out 🙆🏻‍♂️.”
https://twitter.com/ChrisBoxing2021/status/1538576138414575617?s=20
Esquilax almost gave the ultimate verdict. The user commented the following:

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A wide variety of reactions got the social media and boxing fraternity buzzing, so to speak.

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What would you say about the upcoming event? Do you think Joshua can edge out Usyk this time? Please do drop in your opinions in the comments below.

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Samrat Sardar

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Samrat Sardar is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports and is currently a final year undergraduate student of English literature. A passionate content creator, he has been writing since his high school days, and possesses work experience as a commercial writer for companies such as WordsKraft among others. Samrat believes he fell in love with boxing the day he watched Vasiliy Lomachenko share the ring with Guillermo Rigondeaux.

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