The date for Anthony Joshua vs. Alexander Usyk has been reported as September 25th and will place in Great Britain. The participants are the current WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua of England and former Ukrainian outright heavyweight champion Alexander Usyk. Previously it was reported that a potential next opponent for Anthony would have come from Tyson Fury’s bout with Tom Schwarz where he emerged victorious.
The British fighter has 24 wins (22 of them by knockout) and one defeat in the professional ring; the Ukrainian has 18 wins (13 of them by knockout) in 18 fights.
What happened in the heavyweight division?
So, as stated above, Wilder and Fury have agreed to fight. Both men signed a contract for the third fight. The legal deal is blocking the unification bout in the heavyweight division between Tyson and Joshua. But Gypsy King’s plans were clear while Eddie Hearn was confused.
At first he thought that his company’s top star would fight against Alexander Usyk, but now things are not so certain. All of a sudden, the manager for Joshua said that instead of signing a contract to fight the Ukrainian, Joshua might just leave the WBO belt vacant.
“As long as negotiations go smoothly and nobody tries to be too clever, I think the fight can be negotiated automatically. I worked with Usyk’s manager Oleksandr Krasiuk in the last three fights of the Ukrainian (or maybe more), everything was reasonable enough. So if everything is reasonable, the fight will take place.”
In any case, we will not take the fight to the promoter’s bidding. We either make a deal or leave the title vacant. I don’t blame the WBO management, they gave us much time to organize the fight with Fury, even though they had a strong contender in Usyk. So my hat is off to Paco Valcarcel, president of this organization. But when it comes time for them to do what they have to do, he has no choice but to let Joshua know who he has been told he has to fight against even if it is not an easy decision for him.”
I think that the negotiations are not going well. It is not simple with Usik. Usyk is getting bored of this. Either Anthony’s camp wants to wait for a more valuable fight, or the deal’s sides said they would let him fight Joshua in December.
It will be a big challenge for Anthony Joshua to fight against Usyk
The specialist warned “A.J.” against underestimating his opponent or the challenge that he may face going into this fight.
“Usyk is a dangerous challenge for anyone in contention for being heavyweight champion of the world – not just for Joshua,” Malik said. “We have to commend Anthony for taking this fight.”
Usyk has developed in fights with the most dangerous opponents. It’s a big challenge for Anthony. It will be interesting to see how Usyk reacts to Joshua’s size and technicality. And also how Anthony will react to Usyk’s speed and the fact that he’s left-handed,” Boxing Scene quotes Scott as saying.
When it comes to heavyweight boxing, bookmakers have put Joshua as a firm favourite. This is no surprise, for while the Ukrainian challenger may pack more punch than speed when standing in the ring, size and power are key factors in deciding who wins a fight.
Joshua vs Usyk fight prediction
The Ukrainian fighter’s chances are better because he has more experience. At the same time, you should not risk money by betting on him. The Ukrainian has not adapted to heavyweight yet. It might be because of the low number of fights he’s had, but we can’t rule out that the form is going down also.
I think the problem for Alexander will be the British jab. Joshua has a 10 centimeter advantage in height and he knows how to use it. Moreover, Usyk’s defense is not perfect and Joshua’s punches are very destructive. If the champion does not get tired, which happened to him before, it is unlikely that he will miss his victory.