Oleksandr Usyk Is Self-Assured Of Victory In Anthony Joshua Rematch
2021 has been a life-changing year for Oleksandr Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs). Long considered one of the best boxers in the world, his career vaulted to another level with his upset win over Anthony Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) to win the unified IBF/WBA “Super”/WBO world heavyweight titles on September 25. In that fight, Usyk took control of the action early.
After surviving a couple of shaky moments in the middle rounds, the skilled southpaw finished strong, leaving Joshua hurt and wobbled at the final bell. The rousing performance further boosted his standing with insiders and made the 33-year-old a mainstream attraction.
Joshua has exercised his rematch clause. The expectation is that the two will face each other again as early as March or April of 2022.
HOW LIFE HAS CHANGED
During an interview with Forbes Magazine, Usyk acknowledges that his popularity has increased. He says people recognize him more since the fight against Joshua. However, his approach to life and how he carries himself remains the same.
PREPARED FOR WHATEVER
A lot of news has been made about Joshua’s search for a new trainer. The former champ has spent time in the United States, scouting and conversing with various American trainers. He also lamented at what he felt was a lack of aggression in his loss to Usyk. For the rematch, Joshua promises to be a dog and more assertive. When asked about possible changes and a new style from Joshua, the self-assured Usyk says none of that matters at the end of the day.
“I’m not worried if Joshua is ready to fight. Oleksandr is ready for any kind of fight.”
At events and on-camera, the champ is an easy-going and fun-loving personality. There are plenty of images and videos of him and his infamous photobombs. But, when it comes to applying his trade, Usyk is as old-school as they come.
Those values, along with his talent, have taken him this far. Along with his current status at heavyweight, he also won the undisputed world title at cruiserweight. It has earned him universal respect and a number two ranking in the 3KingsBoxing Top Ten fighters.
Usyk said that his long-term goal is a fight against WBC world heavyweight champ Tyson Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs). He believes a victory over Fury would be an emphatic statement. However, next up is a second fight with AJ.
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By: Michael Wilson Jr.