Joshua Vs Usyk Fight Joe Joyce Previews. Anthony Joshua Vs. Oleksandr Usyk By Barry Holbrook: Joe Joyce isn’t sure which version of Anthony Joshua will turn up for his title defense against WBO mandatory Oleksandr Usyk on September 25th. Joshua, 31, is facing what could be the toughest of his eight-year professional career against the crafty southpaw Usyk, who has bulked up for this fight.
WBO Joyce wonders whether Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) will be using his new adopted Klitschko fighting style against the unbeaten Usyk (18-0, 13 KOs) or if he’ll look to bomb him out with big shots on the night. For the Joshua fight, Usyk is expected to weigh in the low 230s, and he could possess more pop on his punches.
Usyk Could Make It Tough For Joshua It’s an interesting one because I wonder what Joshua is going to do, and I wonder what Usyk,” said Joyce in giving his view on Anthony Joshua’s September 25th title defense against WBO mandatory Oleksandr Usyk in London, England.
We don’t know how Usyk will look and how hard he’ll be hitting with the additional weight that he’s packed on his 6’3″ frame. In Usyk’s last fight in the heavyweight division against Derek Chisora on October 31st last year, he weighed 217 lbs and showed very little power. As we’ve seen in the past, Joshua’s punch resistance and stamina aren’t exactly the greatest for a fighter that has his huge following.
Usyk is putting on a little weight, and I know he’s going to be on his footwork, head movement, and stuff. Is AJ going to be working on his jab to keep him at range kind of like [Wladimir] Klitschko style, or is he going to try and go in and take him out
But I’m sure that if that shots there and he lands cleanly, it’s going to be lights out for Usyk. But can he hit Usyk, or will it go the distance? Usyk is good at avoiding punches, using his footwork, and stealing it. It could go 12 rounds, but we’ll see,” said Joyce. If Usyk can put Joshua under duress, forcing him into the later rounds, he could knock him out. With Joshua, he’s capable of gassing out even in the early stages of his fights.