Joshua: “Usyk Probably Bulked Up To Absorb More Punishment”

Joshua Says A Bigger Usyk is Not a Bigger Puncher

Anthony Joshua interviews at presser for Oleksandr Usyk rematch
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Anthony Joshua Contends Oleksandr Usyk is Bulking for Defense

Fighters often change their approach when preparing for a rematch. So when reports surfaced that unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk (19-0, 13KO) put on some muscle, boxing pundits believed that Usyk could be looking for the knockout. Former unified champion Anthony Joshua (24-2, 22KO) believes there is a different reason for the added weight.

On August 20, In Saudi Arabia, these two warriors will collide again to see who will emerge as the top dog of the heavyweight division. As it stands, Usyk sits atop the throne and is ready to defend the crown in the upcoming rematch. The bout was cast into uncertainty by the ripple effect of Russia invading Usyk’s home of Ukraine.


During an interview with CNN, the unified champion was uncertain of his return to boxing. The boxing community rejoiced upon hearing reports the fight would take place, and fans eagerly counted down the days for the fight date to arrive.

There has been a change to Joshua’s camp with the addition of renowned trainer Robert Garcia. Many pundits feel this is an excellent pick as Garcia can help enhance the technical aspect of Joshua’s style.


Fans noticed the unified champion added muscle to his 6’3 frame. Some contemplate that perhaps this is a sign that Usyk would go for the knockout in the rematch. Joshua explained his theory for the change in size in an interview with Sky Sport.

“Yeah definitely, yeah, he’s big. But you know bulking up is probably to help you absorb more punishment, sometimes […] Punchers aren’t made, they’re born! Well, that’s what they say in boxing.

So lifting weights and all that stuff doesn’t really make you a stronger puncher. But it may help you absorb more punishment.”

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By: Garrisson Bland

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