Many imagine Anthony Joshua’s measurement benefit over Oleksandr Usyk shall be an excessive amount of for the Ukrainian to beat subsequent Saturday in London.
After all, Joshua, 6-foot-6 and 240-plus kilos, is an enormous heavyweight whereas Usyk moved up from cruiserweight – 200-pound restrict — lower than two years in the past. The 6-3 Usyk weighed solely 217.25 in opposition to Derek Chisora final October, a combat he gained by resolution.
That’s one cause Joshua is a few 2½-1 favourite. Is Usyk’s mission all however hopeless?
Well, his promoter, Alexander Krassyuk, insists that his consumer is just not a blown up cruiserweight going into his third combat at heavyweight. And he believes the combat will come right down to ability, anyway.
“He has been working hard … building his body for the heavyweight division, and he’s a true heavyweight now,” Krassyuk advised ESPN. “No one can say he’s a cruiserweight preventing as a heavyweight like Chris Byrd was.
“Oleksandr is a natural heavyweight now.”
And he has confidence within the skill of Usyk, who’s No. 5 on Boxing Junkie’s pound-for-pound record.
“Boxers can just throw a punch to the chin and hope to get lucky, and they might be once out of 10, but can they do it 10 times in a row?” Krassyuk stated. “You must field and win every spherical to win the title. Boxing is the artwork of protection at first, touchdown punches and never getting something again.
“Footwork is the basis for throwing punches and defending. This is very important for any fighter, and Oleksandr is very good at this.”
Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) and Usyk (18-0, 13 KOs) will meet at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on DAZN.