Oleksandr Usyk Pairs Up With His Amateur Boxing Trainer, Is Anthony Joshua in Trouble?

Published 07/01/2021, 9:30 AM EDT
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – OCTOBER 12: Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine walks to the ring before his Heavyweight bout against Chazz Witherspoon at Wintrust Arena on October 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)


On September 25th, Oleksandr Usyk will face the biggest heavyweight boxing star of this era, Anthony Joshua. He will collide with the Brit in a world title fight. The challenger, Usyk, is an underdog in this contest for obvious reasons, but he isn’t letting the same hamper his preparations for this fight.

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In fact, he’s collaborated with his amateur boxing trainer and Vasyl Lomachenko’s father, Anatoly Lomachenko. As the Ukrainian boxer knows the importance and hype his fight with ‘AJ’ carries, he’s giving his best in his preparations for this high-voltage encounter.

Recently, the Top Rank boss, Bob Arum, interacted with Sky Sports, wherein he discussed Usyk’s collaboration with Anatoly Lomachenko.

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He said, “I’m telling you, ‘Don’t think that Joshua is in a cake walk. He has a really tough fight with Usyk, who is a terrific boxer.'”

“His father wouldn’t train anyone else, but he will train Usyk, because Usyk is like family.”

The 34-year-old was a prime cruiserweight before he moved up to the heavyweight division a couple of years back. Like any other heavyweight contender, Usyk, too, had strong aspirations to fight for the heavyweight world title.

He slowly made his way to the top and is now ready to challenge Anthony Joshua for all his titles. When the Ukrainian boxer began his pursuit in the big men’s division, nobody would have expected him to become a challenger so quickly. Now, he will look to hand ‘AJ’ his second defeat and complete his rapid ascension to the top.

Can Oleksandr Usyk really upset Anthony Joshua?

Anthony Joshua has taken the sport by storm with his out-of-the-box performances. He holds vast weapons in his artillery and he unleashes himself to demolish his adversaries in every fight he enters.

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Citing that, it won’t be so easy for Usyk to upset the Brit, as Joshua has overcome stylistic challenges before. Despite that, the world will be glued to its TV screens to see how Usyk fares in his fight against ‘AJ’. As Usyk was one of the few boxers to have become undisputed, he will have some backers in September.

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Will Usyk’s training move pay dividends in his boxing bout against Anthony Joshua?

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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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