Boxing News: According to Michael Hunter, Anthony Joshua may soon discover that former cruiserweight Oleksandr Usyk has “enough strength to absorb and sustain punches.”
When Joshua takes on Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium next Saturday, his IBF, WBA, and WBO heavyweight belts will be on the line.
Usyk, like Joshua, is an Olympic gold medalist who defeated Hunter on points to become the undisputed cruiserweight champion.
Hunter described Usyk to Sky Sports as “fleet-footed and defensive-minded.”
“Getting a win over Oleksandr Usyk in a certain manner will be extremely difficult.”
“Joshua will need to have a clear game plan and stick to it. It will be a difficult task.
“What if he succeeds?” Give credit where credit is due.
“Because this is the most challenging fighting method for him.”
At heavyweight, Hunter is joined by Usyk, who believes former cruiserweights still have power: “Anybody in the 200-pound weight class is pretty much a heavyweight.” “We all smacked each other hard.”
“Even if he doesn’t focus on hitting hard, he has enough strength to absorb and sustain punches,” Hunter said of Usyk.
“He’s getting bigger and taller than me, and he’s got some length to him.”
“He’ll do fantastically well.” Since turning pro, he hasn’t taken any Ls and hasn’t been into any problems.
“A lot of people believe he hasn’t performed to his full potential.
“He’ll have to do it against Joshua.”
“He’s done it before, including at the Olympics.” He is a boxer of the highest calibre.
“Joshua is still gaining experience and learning on the job.
“There’s a sense of surprise because we’re not sure what kind of Joshua will emerge.”
“We know what kind of Usyk will emerge, but we’re not sure at what level.”
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