Boxing News: Anthony Joshua has stated that he will “out-box him” and “out-strength him” in order to overcome Oleksandr Usyk’s complicated task.
Joshua will defend his IBF, WBA, and WBO heavyweight titles at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday night.
“I think it’ll be like chess at first,” Usyk remarked, but Joshua has reacted with a booming reminder of his superior stature and strength.
He told Sky Sports, “You always want to train for a 12-round fight but hope to cut it short – you aim to knock people out.”
“You figure out what their strengths and weaknesses are. He has a lot of endurance. So we concentrate on stamina by doing rounds of sparring and rounds on the heavy bag in addition to decreasing weight.
“We train our muscles to have boxing memory so they don’t feel tired while they’re bursting on the opponent’s torso and face.”
Usyk’s transition from cruiserweight to lightweight, as well as his southpaw stance and undefeated record, make him an intriguing test of Joshua’s credentials.
“Of course I can out-box him,” Joshua hinted at his strategy. And I’m stronger than he is.
“Aggression, boxing skill, and head movement are all required.” There is no single aspect that influences the outcome of a battle.
“Clearly, we have a go-to – a strength. I’ll play to my strengths.
“But there’s a reason it’s called a boxing fight.” The sweet science fascinates me. I’ll show off my boxing talents, but I’m not going to make it too difficult in there.”
“If it goes that far,” Joshua remarked when asked if the bout will be decided in the final three rounds. “It’s all about instinct and heart.”
At the 2012 London Olympics, both Joshua and Usyk earned gold medals. Usyk won the undisputed cruiserweight title and is now moving up a weight division, while Joshua has become a two-time heavyweight champion.
For Thursday’s press appearance, Usyk dressed in a red suit in a yellow tie reminiscent of Batman villain The Joker; their first encounter was hostile, but they parted ways with a stiff handshake.
At their weigh-in, security had to separate Joshua from his former opponent Kubrat Pulev, but he has already commented on the different environment with Usyk: “I’ve been on both sides of the fence, and I’m still here to fight. That’s a deep-seated desire.
“If I respect you, you will most likely respect me. But if I treat you with respect, you treat me like a fool? Then you’ll have to deal with the worst of me.
“It’s been balanced thus far.”
In his comeback to a massive stadium fight, Joshua promised to rise to the occasion: “I’ve made up my mind. There isn’t an ‘on’ or ‘off’ switch. It’s simply ‘on’.
“It’s just what you commit yourself to if you’re a boss, a hustler, and a hard worker.”
Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, told Sky Sports: “Usyk’s confidence and mentality are both frightening.
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