Heavyweight Contender Dilian Whyte believes that Anthony Joshua has all it takes to defeat Oleksandr Usyk in their upcoming WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO Heavyweight championship fight which takes place on Saturday at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Whyte, who was knocked out by Anthony Joshua back in 2015, see’s and early stoppage but that’s only if he can impose his size, weight and height on the Smart but faster Usyk.
“Joshua will stop him in the first five, six, or seven rounds. Usyk will start fast, and Joshua will be a bit cagey because he’s a southpaw, and he’s lighter,” Whyte told BBC 5 Live.
“Joshua also lacks confidence sometimes in fights where he can get caught up, ‘He’s a good boxer.’ Hopefully, he goes back to his old self and starts pressing Usyk and being the bigger, stronger guy and starts backing him up and hitting him with stuff.
“I think he can get the job done early. Usyk is a good southpaw, but he’s an aggressive southpaw as well. He likes to press the fight, but Joshua has height and reach, and power. If Joshua wants to set the pace, he can get an early knockout. But if he wants to prove who’s the better boxer, I think he’ll struggle.”
There is a big talk of how the fight could go in Usyk’s favour if it’s decided by the scorecards but there is only two fighters to have spent all twelve rounds with Joshua and they are former World Champions Joseph Parker and Andy Ruiz Jr.
Usyk is been overlooked as he has never really been a knockout artist at Heavyweight and viewed as a blown up cruiserweight but this fight is probably a volume puncher against a slow knockout artist. A punch could end Usyk’s dream in an instant.
The two fighters were gold medal winners at the the 2012 Olympics. Joshua picked it up at Super Heavyweight, while Usyk won at heavyweight.
Anthony Joshua Oleksandr Usyk Work Out Photos
Anthony Joshua Defends His IBF IBO WBA WBO Heavyweight titles against Former Undisputed Cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday Evening at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, August 25th