“Sent Me to Elon Musk”- Oleksandr Usyk Reveals Interesting Insight From His Fight Against Anthony Joshua

Published 09/29/2021, 9:02 AM EDT


Oleksandr Usyk was almost flawless in his heavyweight title victory against Anthony Joshua on September 25 at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London. The former cruiserweight star successfully went the distance against ‘AJ’ and outboxed him to grab hold of the unified heavyweight straps.

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However, it wasn’t an undemanding task. The former Olympic gold medalists unveiled sheer violence and shook each other frequently. That said, Usyk has praised Joshua’s power.

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After the fight, Usyk said, “I will not hide that there were very sensitive blows to the chin, to the stomach, which sent me to Elon Musk for a while, but I quickly returned.”

The current heavyweight champion can come across Joshua’s power again. As he has reportedly agreed to re-match ‘AJ’, we may see Oleksandr Usyk come up against an even better version of Anthony Joshua.

‘AJ’, who has never lost in re-matches, avenged a defeat against Andy Ruiz Jr. in 2019. Hence, he is experienced in bouncing back from defeats.

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While he has also attained the experience of Usyk’s best, some added preparations can help ‘AJ’ turn the tables in the re-match.

Can Anthony Joshua actually beat Oleksandr Usyk?

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Relying on his physical advantages, ‘AJ’ has a fair chance of winning. However, Usyk used his stance and fight IQ to nullify that on September 25. He also outfoxed Joshua with his footwork and bamboozled him in the ring. Thus, Anthony Joshua will have to push his limits to defeat the undefeated Oleksandr Usyk.

Boxing – WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 25, 2021 Anthony Joshua in action against Oleksandr Usyk Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Despite his stellar showing, Usyk shall have to upgrade his performance. Although he won, he suffered massive cuts and experienced Joshua’s power. He will know that if Joshua gets an opening, it could be lights out for his title defense.

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Therefore, both men shall prepare well before locking horns in a fight that can be more intriguing than their original clash.

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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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