WATCH: Anthony Joshua Gets Destroyed in Chess 

Published 09/21/2021, 6:13 PM EDT


The next few months are stacked for boxing fans. This series of huge fights at different divisions will start with Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk on September 25.

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The undisputed cruiserweight champion is now all set to challenge the heavyweight king for all the marbles. Both fighters are incredibly skilled and pose great challenges to each other.

Ahead of the mega heavyweight clash this weekend, Anthony Joshua recently got together with Sky Sport’s Adam Smith. They discussed his upcoming championship bout over a quick game of chess.

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Joshua claimed that he grew up around people who were into chess. Even after his loss to Andy Ruiz in 2019, a video of Joshua relaxing and playing chess surfaced.

However, Sky Sport’s Adam Smith nearly emptied out Joshua’s side on the chessboard. The two-time heavyweight champion lost the chess game via checkmate at the end of the interview.

Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk – Who gets the checkmate?

Compared to Anthony Joshua’s 35 amateur and 25 professional bouts, Oleksandr Usyk has had 105 amateur fights and 18 professional fights.

Throughout his career, the Ukrainian champion has shown great skill, world-class movement, deceptive footwork, and sharp striking. However, he has always been a technical fighter and not a traditional knockout artist.

Usyk’s former opponent, Tony Bellew, believes Anthony Joshua could be in for a long night at the office against the undisputed cruiserweight champion.

They’re gonna try and take everything away from him. That’s what Usyk does so well. 

He takes away your strengths before he looks at implementing his own strengths. And by taking away your strengths, you’re lost. The things he does with his feet – he’s exceptional.

He mentally exhausted me in our fight by constantly having his front foot close to mine. That doesn’t sound much. But it’s mental pressure that he puts on you, not physical. 

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He’s vicious and brilliant,” said Tony Bellew.

How do you see this fight playing out this weekend?

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused this passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, weaves, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the science, the techniques, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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