Boxing News: Oleksandr Usyk tries to hypnotise Anthony Joshua, but can his knockout power be enough to beat his impeccable skills

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Boxing News: Can Anthony Joshua match Oleksandr Usyk’s outstanding boxing talents, which have mesmerised all 18 of his professional opponents? The Panel renders its decision…

Against Saturday, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the Ukrainian star takes on Joshua for the WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight crowns.

Usyk has already dominated the cruiserweight class, becoming the undisputed champion, but how can Joshua deal with Usyk’s flawless technique?

Adam Smith

Wladimir Klitschko was an excellent technical fighter, an all-around boxer, and a brilliant strategist, but he was clearly nearing the end of his career. Oleksandr Usyk is in his prime, he’s a southpaw, and AJ was stopped in the amateurs by a southpaw, Mihai Nistor. As a professional, Joshua has only faced one southpaw, Charles Martin, and only completed one round against him.

Yes, Usyk is a gifted player with a stellar amateur record. He’s undefeated in 18 professional fights and might be a headache to decipher. He contributes not only his in-ring agility, quickness, and skill, but also his mind games and approach. He’s a very powerful individual.

Matthew Macklin

Out of all the fighters AJ has faced, I believe Usyk has the finest ring IQ. Joshua needs to find a way to put pressure on Usyk without being irresponsible.

It has to be calculated pressure, and he has to make Usyk feel uncomfortable, as Chisora did. However, AJ is a superior technical fighter than Chisora, and his jab can cause problems for Usyk.

Carl Froch

Because Usyk is so technically competent in every element of boxing, this will undoubtedly be Joshua’s most difficult bout. They compare Usyk to Vasiliy Lomachenko, who possesses a skill set that is similar to Usyk’s.

Both Usyk and Joshua have Olympic gold medals, but Usyk went on to become the undisputed cruiserweight champion in a hotly contested division.

George Groves

Anthony Joshua boasts impressive wins against Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin, both of whom are technically gifted fighters, although they may not have been at their best at the time. Usyk may be nearing the end of his career. He’s only fought twice at heavyweight, but he’s been there a long time and might pose a serious challenge to Joshua.

Usyk is a southpaw, which makes things difficult, but he’s quick on his feet and can move in and out of range. At heavyweight, he’s quick enough to cause issues and create angles that can trouble any of the big guys in the class, who are rarely that fluid.

Johnny Nelson

Oleksandr Usyk is possibly the best boxer we’ve seen in the ring with AJ so far. He is the best fighter that AJ will get in the ring within terms of success – amateur and professional – and style.

That is something that not everyone will realise. People could assume, “AJ is fighting a cruiserweight,” yet he is, in my opinion, the finest. He’s a winner from start to finish.

David Coldwell

Usyk is the best fighter Joshua has ever faced on paper. ‘How about Wladimir Klitschko?’ you would wonder. Klitschko, on the other hand, was a little bit inactive and a little bit older at that point in his career.

Usyk’s style has to be the greatest horror for AJ’s style history. But, as a heavyweight, Usyk has proven to be far more predictable and approachable than he was as a cruiserweight.

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