Joshua VS Usyk – FIGHT NIGHT
Are you ready for the MASSIVE heavyweight Championship clash this Saturday night between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk?
Fear not dear readers… strap on your mitts, don your headphones and pump-up music, then check out our brief on all you need to know about the two fighters.
In the RED corner!
Anthony Joshua stands at a towering 6ft 6 inches, with a reach of 82 inches, that’s just over 2 metres for the metrically minded. The 31-year-old Watford born Joshua has had a very successful career floating around the squared circle.
He’s gone up against the likes of Italian Emanuele Leo, Dillian Whyte and Charles Martin, winning him such titles as the IBF, WBA and IBO belts.
For his age and career so far, AJ holds a very impressive record of 24 wins out of 25 fights. That only defeat coming at the mitts of American Andrés Ponce Ruiz Jr. The June 1st bout saw Ruiz put Joshua on the matt twice.
AJ currently holds the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts and will be putting them on the line once again against his Ukrainian opponent this weekend, Oleksandr Usyk.
In the Blue Corner!
All the way from the Crimean peninsula comes a Ukrainian powerhouse of heavyweight boxing, Oleksandr Usyk. The ‘Cat’ as he’s called, stands at 6ft 3 with a claw-like reach of 78 inches, just shy of AJ’s. He holds a win-streak of 18 successful fights, 13 by Knock Out.
Usyk has built an equally impressive record, first as the undisputed Cruiserweight Champion and previously holding all the major world championship belts; WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO.
In 2019, Usyk packed on the muscle and joined the heavyweight division where he made his debut against Chazz Witherspoon. His opponent retired after the 7th round.
The Cat is the WBO mandatory challenger facing AJ. That means that he is the opponent that AJ must face or be required to hand over his WBO belt.
When and Where
Originally, AJ had been billed to fight the WBC champion Tyson Fury, however, apparently Fury was being forced into a trilogy of matches against ‘The Bronze Bomber’ Deontay Leshun Wilder.
The WBO gave AJ’s camp two days to sign an agreement with Fury for a fight to take place on the 21st May. If they couldn’t AJ would face Usyk and their new bout to staged on the 31st May. It was not until the 20th July that a final agreement was made between both boxers.
The Joshua vs Usyk bout will take place on the 25th September at the Tottenham Hotspur football ground.
Tune in and catch the fight at 10:00 PM UK time.
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