WATCH: Anthony Joshua Says He Is “Not Really a Massive Football Fan”

Published 09/11/2021, 5:19 PM EDT


In a recent interview with iFL TV, Anthony Joshua talked about his upcoming fight with Oleksandr Usyk on September 25. When asked about his thoughts on fighting at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Joshua replied that he has been to the stadium before and that he is looking to put on a great show for the fans.

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With the stadium being associated with the Tottenham Hotspurs football team, Anthony Joshua also pointed out that he is not a massive fan of the sport. He added that he usually just supports teams that are winning.

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I went there to that stadium. I’m not really a massive Football fan, I really support who’s winning at the time. But I would tell you that’s a good stadium.

Well designed, it’s going to be good and secondly 60,00 people, yeah I put a lot of time and effort into my training so I can put on a good show, a good fight for the people that come out and for the people watching at home,” said Anthony Joshua.

Is Oleksandr Usyk a threat to Anthony Joshua?

According to FanDuel, Anthony Joshua is currently the favorite at -280, which means it will take a wager of $280 to see a profit of $100. Whereas, Oleksandr Usyk currently sits as a +205 underdog, despite being undefeated.

While the odds are stacked against the Ukrainian undisputed cruiserweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk is, by no means, a weak opponent. As an amateur, he fought 105 times, won 88, and lost 16 of those. His last amateur fight was against Clemente Russo at the London 2012 Summer Olympics. He showed world-class movement, footwork, and smart striking.

As a professional boxer, he has fought 18 times, has won all of them, and remains undefeated. The undisputed cruiserweight did not shy away from taking on the toughest challenges against the likes of Murat GassievTony Bellew, and Chazz Witherspoon. He made his heavyweight debut in 2020 against Derek Chisora and won by unanimous decision.

His debut in Anthony Joshua’s division did not look very impressive. However, he still showed great movement and speed that is uncommon amongst fighters in that weight class.

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That is what makes him competent, dangerous, and challenging inside the ring.

He was able to outbox Chisora, who usually relies on his knockout strength to dominate his opponents. However, Usyk might find it difficult to apply his ‘stick and move’ approach against Anthony Joshua because of the agility in his movement and footwork.

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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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