Watch: Oleksandr Usyk’s First Message to Anthony Joshua After Landing in London

Published 09/21/2021, 1:26 PM EDT


Oleksandr Usyk landed in London and sent a message to his opponent. Usyk will face Anthony Joshua on Saturday, September 25 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and Joshua will put his WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO belts on the line against the Ukrainian.

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Usyk was preparing for his first shot at the heavyweight title in his homeland, Ukraine. He boarded a plane on Monday and touched down in London. As soon as he reached, he sent a message to his opponent, Anthony ‘AJ’ Joshua saying, “Hello Anthony, I am here.”

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Usyk also shared photos of himself and his team all donned in matching fluorescent turquoise tracksuits. This fight will mark Usyk’s third heavyweight bout since moving up from Cruiserweight in 2019. His wins against Dereck Chisora, Chazz Witherspoon, and the fact that he became a super-champion at cruiserweight helped him secure the Joshua fight.

Usyk, who has won an Olympic gold medal, and became the undisputed champion at cruiserweight, wants to add the title of heavyweight champion of the world to his already impressive resume. After shifting to Heavyweight, Usyk demonstrated he was able to retain his explosiveness, power, and stamina when he went the distance with Chisora.

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Anthony Joshua details his preparation for the Oleksandr Usyk fight

Anthony Joshua admitted to doubting himself during intense sparring sessions designed to strengthen his mind and body ahead of his mandatory title defense against Usyk. With his world titles at stake, Joshua doubted himself because of his shocking loss to ‘The Destroyer’ Andy Ruiz Jr. back in 2019.

08 December 2019, Saudi Arabia. Diriyah: US-Mexican professional boxer Andy Ruiz Jr (L) in action against Britain’s Anthony Joshua. During their World Heavyweight Championship contest at the Diriyah Arena. Photo: Oliver Weiken/dpa (Photo by Oliver Weiken/picture alliance via Getty Images)

“I don’t always want to be the best in the gym. Every time I spar, I spar like I’m performing. I have had tough spars. I am doubting myself. Throughout this training camp with southpaws, I have practiced, practiced, practiced. I am comfortable where my development is.” Joshua said.

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Who do you think will win on September 25, Joshua or Usyk?

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Combat Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Literature. Allan is a semi-professional football player for Diego Juniors FC.

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