By: Sean Cross
“I’m a little heavier than I was last time,” said WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk. Sky Sports. “I’m not sure what weight I’m going to be in the ring, we’ll see on Friday. I’m not a big forecaster. You see on Saturday night, I just do my job, what I have to do. Usyk may be tight-lipped about his weight in preparation for Saturday’s heavyweight title fight with Anthony Joshua, but speculation is rife among boxing fans and the media, with some, like Amir Khan, claiming the Ukrainian has gained up to thirty pounds. Mass.
There is a school of thought online that, after Usyk outboxed Joshua in their first match back in September last year, the older Joshua will fight harder in this weekend’s rematch. The fact that Joshua is now teaming up with American trainer Robert Garcia, who is known for shaping tough fighters into success stories, makes this speculation worth considering. Preparing to face the more aggressive Joshua, Team Usyk decided to mass his own man, perhaps in hopes of finishing Joshua before the final bell on Saturday (something he almost did at the end of their first fight).
Joshua promoter and Macharum honcho Eddie Hearn has made no secret of the fact that he believes Joshua should turn his second fight against Usyk into an aggressive one. “In my opinion, the key to this fight,” he said ESA Referring to Usyk, “Once this sixth round goes to the end of the round, this guy has to get out of there or he has to get hurt or he really wants to not come back. ” To hear it, Joshua needs to make the man uncomfortable in the ring this weekend. “You let this guy (Usic) get into his rhythm, he could be unbeatable,” Hearn added.
If Usyk’s weight gain is to counter such a bold strategy on the part of Team Joshua, there is a chance that both fighters will try to end things early on Saturday, which could make this surprising rematch even more interesting. “He looks like a complete natural heavyweight,” says Aamir Khan. the sun After seeing Usyk personally in the camp. He is big and looks very strong. The same can be said of Joshua, a wrestler who always enters the ring in prime form. On Saturday, the world will know which man used the best strategy.