“That Is a Good Fight”- Frank Warren Suggests a Replacement of Oleksandr Usyk for Anthony Joshua

Published 03/09/2022, 6:30 AM EST
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 may have to opt for a non-title bout if Oleksandr Usyk doesn’t return soon in action, following the ongoing conflict in Usyk’s home country Ukraine. Having lost his heavyweight titles to ‘The Cat’ in September 2021, ‘AJ’ is at a very critical stage in his career.

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His boxing credibilities are now in the clutches of criticisms, and several people doubt him to be a top-tier contender in the looming heavyweight division. Once an undefeated champion, Joshua has now two losses, and both the times against the underdogs.

That said, Frank Warren has pitched a suitable replacement of Oleksandr Usyk for Anthony Joshua, a fight that can resurrect AJ’s graph back to the top. In an exclusive chat with IFL TV, Frank Warren was asked about Joe Joyce vs AJ.

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He said, “That is a good fight [Joe Joyce],”

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“I think the public will definitely buy into AJ and Joe Joyce.”

13-0 as a pro, Joe Joyce’s striking surge in the heavyweight division has grabbed sheer attention. Besides, he has earned 12 of those wins via KO, and his last two in-ring victims have been Daniel Dubois and Carlos Takam. The ‘Juggernaut’ Joyce is now prepared for a career-defining clash, and Anthony Joshua will rightly be one for him.

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Well, Joshua has rarely expressed any opinion about his next contender. He is gearing up at the gym and is seemingly aiming at Usyk for now. But the current scenario can put him opposite any man available in the title ride.

Can Anthony Joshua bounce back to the win-track?

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After a crushing loss against Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019, which was AJ’s maiden pro-defeat, he rebounded in an immediate rematch. After which, the 2x champion stopped Kubrat Pulev to validate himself as a viable opponent for Tyson Fury.

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

However, Fury and Wilder finished their rivalry in an epic rivalry just after Oleksandr Usyk snatched away AJ’s titles in Wembley, London. Unlike Andy Ruiz Jr., Usyk handed AJ a lopsided defeat. Usyk took Anthony Joshua to the distance and claimed a massive decision win.

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While Oleksandr Usyk has been undefeated as a pro, AJ has no blueprint available to crack him. However, Joshua has been a top-level combatant and champion for several years. So, it’s unfair to write him away from the game this early.

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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. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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