Anthony Joshua has his eyes set on a bout with fellow Brit Tyson Fury for a chance to add the WBC title to his collection, but there is the small matter of Oleksandr Usyk to take care of.
Anthony Joshua will put his WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO titles on the line when he squares up to former cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, at the Tottenham Stadium on Saturday.
Ukrainian, Usyk is undefeated, and he is a rising star in the Heavyweight category.
Both fighters won gold in their respective categories at the Olympics in 2012, and both men have since gone to enjoy success in professional boxing.
USYK HAS THE SKILLSET TO CAUSE AN UPSET
The Ukraine Southpaw is a clever boxer, with a great ability to control a fight. This is a skill that will give him a decent chance against any of the current crops of Heavyweights around. Beyond the ability to dictate the pace of his bouts, the 34-year-old former cruiserweight champion is one of the most skilful Boxers around.
While Usyk cannot match up to Anthony Joshua in terms of raw strength and size, his fast feet and ability to hit his opponent from different will cause Joshua all kinds of problems on the night.
Although, defensively he has been seen to struggle to close up, and his movement is not the best.
Another advantage Usyk will be hoping to good effect is his ability to throw five and six-punch combinations. He always has himself in a position to attack and that will surely be a source of worry for Joshua in the bout.
JOSHUA STILL HOLDS ALL THE ACES
This is a very big test for Joshua, but he is still the favourite to win this bout. For all the qualities of his opponent, AJ is a supreme athlete with an unparalleled zeal to win.
Modern-day Heavyweights are big, and in his case, Joshua is not only big, but he is also as quick as any Boxer out there, if not the quickest. The London Olympic Gold medallist is one of the toughest punchers today and it is unclear how much of those punches Usyk can withstand.
Joshua will likely go to work on the inside, unleash body shots and jabs to complement his height and reach advantage.
Betting odds on Bet9ja, Melbet, 1xbet and 22Bet
Anthony Joshua is a big favourite to emerge winner of this contest and the disposition of the Nigerian betting sites with their lines speaks volumes. Although Oleksandr Usyk cannot be written off, the odds are stacked against him.
On Bet9ja, Joshua is priced at 1.32, while Usyk is priced at a whopping 2.98. 1xbet and 22Bet have Joshua priced at 1.40, while his opponent is priced at 3.44. Melbet Nigeria offers 1.44 for Joshua win, while Usyk is priced at 3.5.
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