Unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua isn’t ready for any surprises from his tricky Mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk and is making all the preparations ahead of their showdown, which takes place on September 25 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The undefeated former undisputed Cruiserweight world champion has created difficulties for fighters with his movements, Speed and ring IQ. Joshua has knows this, and will be taking serious measures to keep up with Usyk throughout their scheduled 12 round battle.
Usyk represents the most complete fighter, Joshua has ever fought and the undefeated four belt heavyweight champion wants to be 100 percent and has also worked towards sharpening his boxing skills ahead if the fight.
“100 percent, he will be. Movement means you are never stationery to get hit. Movement is important. Concentration – when you want to [punch], you lock in, then make a move. You have to make sure your brain works. That can be mentally fatiguing so I am sharpening the mind so that I can concentrate for the 12 rounds,” Joshua said to Sky Sports.
“Also I practice having the ability to [punch] four times, not just once. It’s a fight for the brain. Knowing what you’ve got in front of you and knowing how to deal with it. You can either be aggressive, corner [him], throw everything at it. Or take your time, be clever, then knock [him] out.”
Joshua is ready to slim down in order to meat up with Usyk in the ring as he figures, more weight could lead to an early gas out and possibly leave him vulnerable for a knockout.
“I’m looking trim for this fight. I’m fighting a guy who is a 12-round fighter. So it would be silly of me to go in there bulky with my muscles screaming for oxygen,” Joshua said.
“I’ve been training like a 15-round fighter in this camp. I will be well-conditioned to fight. That is key. What happens when I train that way? My body adapts and takes its natural form. This is the form it has taken.”