Prediction for rematch Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua

On August 20, at the Super Dome in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), a rematch between Oleksandr Usyk (Ukraine) and Anthony Joshua (Great Britain) will take place, in which the WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight titles will be at stake belonging to an undefeated Ukrainian fighter.

Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua

Oleksandr Usyk

The former undisputed world champion in the cruiserweight division (2018), 35-year-old native of Simferopol, Alexander Usik, began conquering the royal division in 2019, warming up in his debut fight on the American journeyman, Chaaz Witherspoon (RTD, 7th round). In October 2020, heavyweight rookie was tested against tough nut Brit Derek "Del Boy" Chisora - a unanimous decision victory earned the Ukrainian the WBO Inter-Continental title and the status of a WBO mandatory contender for a title fight with unified division champion Anthony "Hey Jay" Joshua.

09/25/2021, in London, Usyk entered the duel with Joshua in the status of an underdog, sensationally declassing the star British heavyweight (won by unanimous decision), and deprived AJ of 3 prestigious championship belts (WBA Super / WBO / IBF ). The stunned ex-champion took advantage of the right to an immediate rematch, changed the coaching staff and assured his fans that he would destroy the offender in a second fight, although most experts express great doubts that he will succeed.

Usyk, like Joshua, is an Olympic champion in 2012 (Alexander performed in the category up to 91 kg). He has been fighting in the pro ring since November 2013 (19-0, 13 KOs), left-handed, height 191 cm, arm span 198 cm.

Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua

32-year-old Watford (England) native Anthony Joshua started his professional career in October 2013 and was undefeated until June 2019 (22-0, 21 KOs), having won heavyweight titles in all major versions except the WBC. The British puncher suffered his first fiasco on 06/01/2019, defending the belts against Andy "The Destroyer" Ruiz Jr. (USA/Mexico) - the champion was knocked down four times and in the 7th round the referee stopped the fight, which became the upset of the year. "AJ" steadfastly endured the setback and changed the plan for a rematch and managed to regain the titles, defeating "The Destroyer" six months later by unanimous decision.

In December 2020, Anthony successfully defended the championship belts from the claims of the Bulgarian veteran, Kubrat "Cobra" Pulev, knocking out the IBF challenger in the 9th round.

For the next fight, with Oleksandr Usyk, on September 25, 2021, Joshua went out in the status of a favorite, but neither the status nor the native walls of the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London helped the natural heavyweight to cope with the special style of a native of cruisers. Usyk taught Anthony a lesson in boxing, dominating in almost all components for 12 rounds, and in the final he could humiliate the champion with an early defeat.

Joshua is right-handed, 198 cm tall, 208 cm arm span. Lives and trains in Watford. Before the rematch with Usyk, he refused the services of a long-term mentor Rob McCracken and invited a well-known American specialist, Robert Garcia, to the coaching staff.

Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua Fight Prediction

The alignment of forces in the new confrontation between Usyk and Joshua has changed in favor of the Ukrainian fighter, who is now considered the favorite by bookmakers and most experts. The defeat in the first fight revealed a whole bunch of Briton's problems and it is far from certain that he and his new mentor, Robert Garcia, will be able to find an antidote against the boxer who revealed these problems. It is clear that Anthony will look for a new tactical plan and try to impose it on Usyk, but even Garcia does not know what game plan Alexander will come up with, which the coach admits publicly.

One of the main factors that dominates Dshoshua is his psychological instability, while it is in this area that the undefeated Usyk is very strong. The Ukrainian was never embarrassed by either the place of the fight or the status of the opponent - his mentality in this regard was always on top, and he never showed signs of moral breakdown.

In addition to the psychological component, Usyk has a number of important technical and tactical advantages, which were the foundation of his success in the first fight with the Briton:
  • Speed and footwork - even with an advantage in anthropometry, Joshua did not have time to realize it at a long distance, because. The "target" was displaced from the shock trajectory with lightning speed;
  • Right-handed stance - Anthony was never able to overcome the "left-handed syndrome."
Of course, no one will write off "AJ" from the accounts - the ex-champion has a very serious heavyweight career behind him and victories over such tops with different styles as Wladimir Klitschko, Alexander Povetkin, Dillian Whyte, Joseph Parker, Andy Ruiz and Kubrat Pulev , which Oleksandr Usyk cannot boast of, but it seems that this time Joshua will have to solve a task that will be too much for him. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

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