Tyson Fury’s Promoter Frank Warren has taken some time out of his busy schedule to drop his opinion about the upcoming heavyweight championship fight between Anthony Joshua vs WBO mandatory Oleksandr Usyk this coming weekend in London.
Joshua will put a IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO titles on the line against the tricky Oleksandr Usyk, who also happens to be the former undisputed Cruiserweight champion. The fight will take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Live on SkySports Box Office.
Usyk was able pulled off a dominant unanimous decision victory over Murat Gassiav in the World Boxing Super Series finals back in 2018 and Warren believes there is a huge possibility of an upset.
“He proved it at cruiserweight. He was fantastic, and he’s made his mark in that weight division. He was a superb cruiserweight. He’s done everything you could ask for. He’s come up a weight and fought Chazz Witherspoon, went seven rounds, and he fought Derek Chisora,” Warren told IFL TV.
“So now that he’s [Usyk] is up there and comfortable, I don’t think he’s a natural heavyweight. I bet you if he still needed to, he could probably still make cruiserweight. Who knows? But Anthony Joshua must be the favorite for the fight. He’s the bigger guy, much bigger, and he’s a bigger puncher.
“Having said that, if he [Joshua] doesn’t get rid of him, and if he’s still there after five or six rounds, then it gets to the end of the fight, if that goes 12 rounds, I would fancy Usyk to get the decision because to get there, he’s going to have to outbox him.”
Anthony Joshua is physically bigger and stronger fighter of the two and stands a big chance of winning via knockout. However Usyk has speed and movement, which could cause Joshua a lot of problems and possibly neutralise his power.
“He’s [Usyk] obviously a very smart operator, and you know how he’s going to fight. He’s going to get inside, get underneath AJ’s jab, and if he can do that and work inside, he can give him a lot of problems. We don’t know because we want the big fight,” Warren said.
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