Anthony Joshua insists he won’t fold against Oleksandr Usyk

Anthony Joshua is pretty confident in himself that he won’t fall apart mentally against Oleksandr Usyk on September 25th as he did against Andy Ruiz Jr. in their first fight in 2019. Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) says he’s not overlooking Usyk (18-0, 13 KOs) due to his smaller size and that he’s mentally viewing him as a true heavyweight.

IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Joshua has a lot to lose in this fight with Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium in London. A loss for Joshua would sidetrack his vision to become the undisputed heavyweight champion, delaying it, maybe even permanently ruining it.

Although Joshua won’t admit it, he likely views Usyk as a bump in the road, a small obstacle he must overcome to get to a massive payday fight against WBC champion Tyson Fury in early 2022.

Unfortunately for Joshua, if he loses to Usyk, he will need to fight him again, and that’s where it’ll get ready interesting.

Usyk isn’t the type to celebrate after a big win, so Joshua can’t count on him ruining his chances in the rematch the way Andy Ruiz Jr. did by porking out and not training.

Joshua says he won’t fold

“With Usyk, I don’t really fold under pressure,” said Anthony Joshua to Sky Sports.

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“On September 25th, it’s time to practice everything I know.”

It may not be a case of Joshua folding in a loss to Usyk. You can argue that it would be a situation where Usyk used his superior ring IQ and conditioning to take advantage of a guy with a history of stamina issues.

When you got a fighter with a long history of cardio problems, that’s not going to disappear simply because you took off some weight.

Yeah, some fighters improve their stamina with the help of banned substances like phentermine and clenbuterol. Still, for the clean guys like Joshua, it’s going to be next to impossible for him to avoid gassing out again if Usyk pushes a fast pace.

“Usyk was a phenomenal cruiserweight, amateur level and pro,” said Frank Warren to iFL TV. “He came up and fought Chazz Witherspoon, went seven rounds with him, and he also fought Derek Chisora and beat them both. He did what he had to do.

“Is he more comfortable at the weight now that time has moved on? I don’t know. We’re going to find out very quickly when the fight starts because that for me is going to be one of the exciting things about this fight.

Usyk could outbox Joshua

“Can Anthony Joshua impose all the pluses that he’s got, which is his size, punch power, and long jab?” said Warren. “Can he impose that on a very good boxer, who, if he can get under that jab, can give him a lot of problems.

“If he can get in and get underneath him and work and let his shots go. He’s got fast hands. His [Usyk] hands are as good as [Andy] Ruiz’s.

“If he can let his shots go, and if he can stay there after six or seven rounds, then I’d start worrying if I was Joshua. If it goes the distance, I got a feeling in my heart that Usyk would outbox him.

“In the first couple of rounds, you’re going to get the general feel of how the fight is going to go because he’s got to impose himself on him, AJ, and let his bombs go,” said Warren.

If Usyk is still around in the championship rounds on September 25th, Joshua will be in deep, deep trouble. That’s when Usyk will start unloading with his left hands right when Joshua has gassed out, and we could see another upset.

Losing the first time will be bad for Joshua, but it’s game over for him if he loses the rematch with Usyk. I’m sure Joshua will still be popular in the UK, but he’ll be viewed as a washed-up fighter in the U.S.

“To get smoke, you have to have a fire, and that’s Tyson Fury,” said Warren in reacting to Joshua saying he’s going to “smoke” Fury.

“I’ll light that fire under him, and he WILL smoke him. I hope that fight, and I’ll be very surprised if Tyson doesn’t come out as the victor and stop him,” said Warren.

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17 thoughts on “Anthony Joshua insists he won’t fold against Oleksandr Usyk”

  1. It’s not such a big challenge as Anthony Joshua is claiming. Usyk Got a title shot because Anthony Joshua is ducking the very difficult competitors. After this there’s already a mandatory lined up for further avoiding the best fighters.

  2. The prolific phonographs of fury’s left glove flopping because of the visible eggweight evidence placed in clear view photographically recently uploaded on liberal tube channels are photo enhanced with advanced computer imagery,
    We repeat, do not believe your own eyes. This may be the propaganda machine for an elite terrorist cell.

  3. Come on boxing fans, let’s urge these multimillionaire fight game moguls to produce quality work.
    You can’t tell me there’s no talent, no money as a reward, and you damned sure can’t tell me any one of you are stupid. Perhaps complacent and just a little bit spoiled, but natural talent abounds. Freaken genuine artists.

  4. Anthony Joshua is a natural born athlete, he trains hard and is every bit a true champion . We can’t imagine him cheating by drugging opponents or loading gloves. He and Deontay Wilder would be big as any fight out there.
    And surly a clean fight, what super champions both of these rough boxers are.

  5. These guys who strategize for Anthony Joshua are not risk takers. As opposed to Deontay Wilder, who took on fury, and Luis Ortiz when practically they were considered the best. Deontay Wilder makes fights.
    All the rest run from them, and from him.

  6. Deontay Wilder is the best heavyweight champion ever living or nonliving with out question.

  7. ” You ask me what combinational methodology of cheating tactics we are going to attempt to deploy in the Deontay Wilder trilogy ?”, said Tyson fury.
    ” We’re going to cheat him every day of the week and twice on Sunday, we’re going to cheat him in the middle of the ring, we’re going to cheat him in his own back yard, we’re going to cheat him from pillar to post, we’re going to cheat him high and we’re going to cheat him low, cheat, cheat, cheat, that’s all I know how to do is cheat.” ” Cheat him in the morning and cheat him at night.” ” Cheating comes as natural to me as breathing, I have been cheating all my life, so don’t ask a master mind at cheating to reveal a plan, ” ” You’re terminated.”

  8. Likely Deontay Wilder will get back the stolen WBC belt and consequently be in a position for unification. Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder next.

  9. Deontay Wilder was robbed of the WBC belt clearly, and has had years of no challenge for worlds best. Only Ortiz dares to fight Deontay Wilder.

  10. When is Anthony Joshua going to sign the contract and unify for unification of the belts for world champion?

  11. We believe that Anthony Joshua was drugged in the first Ruiz fight.
    Deontay Wilder was drugged in the second fury fight.

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