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Joshua vs Usyk - Sep 25 🥊 🇬🇧


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This one’s fast approaching. Less than 2 weeks away now.

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SKY BOX OFFICE
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk - WBA, IBF, WBO & IBO Heavyweight Titles

Lawrence Okolie vs Dilan Prasovic - WBO Cruiserweight Title

Callum Smith vs Lenin Castillo

Campbell Hatton vs Izan Dura

Maxim Prodan vs Florian Marku

Christopher Ousley vs Khasan Baysangurov

 

Not the strongest of undercards, especially when they want fucking £24.95 for it. But it’s all about that main event. Sky coverage kicks off at 6pm as best I can tell. 

 

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Joshua vs Usyk then. Very interesting fight but there seems to be little to no buzz about it considering how close the fight is now. I think the fact that it seemed like we were finally on the verge of getting that AJ vs Fury fight on only for it to fall apart yet again has put a bit of a downer on the Heavyweight scene as a whole, to be honest. There’s been more enthusiasm for Joshua’s fights against much lesser opponents than Usyk in the past, at least from what I’ve seen anyway. Maybe I’m just not looking in the right places but that’s kind of my point. If there was real genuine excitement around this fight, I wouldn’t have to go looking for it. Regardless, it’s a good one. I’m as disappointed as anyone that Joshua vs Fury seems like it’s destined to never happen but fuck concentrating on that mess. This fight is actually happening.

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Joshua is 24-1 now, with 22 inside the distance. Wins over Wladimir Klitschko, Andy Ruiz, Alexander Povetkin, Joseph Parker, Dillian Whyte etc. With the exception of that one disastrous night against Ruiz in their first fight in 2019, he’s had quite a run. We last saw him in December, stopping a game but weathered Kubrat Pulev in the 9th in London. 

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He’s a weird one AJ. In some circles I think he’s been overrated. It cooled off after the loss to Ruiz but there was a spell there when the hype was getting silly with people acting like he was unbeatable and stuff. Even when he was unbeaten he’d shown vulnerabilities in a few of his fights. But sometimes I think it swings too far the other way and you’ll get those fans who want to continuously shit on anything he does or says. Usually out of allegiance to Fury or Wilder. He’s a very, very good Heavyweight. Where he sits in the pecking order of that top 3 alongside Fury and Wilder is up for debate. And fuck me has it been debated? To within an inch of its life. Personally I’m pretty sure he loses to Fury. And as time goes on I’m thinking more that Wilder clips him too. But obviously we need to see these fights to answer these questions. It’s fucking tiresome now. And anyway, there’s a new player in the mix…

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Usyk is undefeated as a pro. 18-0 with 13 knockouts. One of the best Cruiserweights there’s ever been. Smashed the World Boxing Super Series in 2017/18, beating Murat Gassiev in the finals to solidify himself as the man and clean up on the belts. He still wasn’t very well known to casual Boxing fans at this point though. I remember when he was matched up with Tony Bellew in late 2018, people at work were acting like Bellew was gonna crush him. Sky Sports hype is real. Bellew was close to retiring anyway and the style was a bad one for him but those David Haye wins had a lot of people convinced Bellew had it in the bag. 

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Despite all his previous achievements, this was Usyk’s coming out party. A big finish like that, over a name like Bellew, in a heavily featured headliner on Sky. It was all he’d been missing. One of the best things about this was that him getting more media attention allowed more people to see his personality. He’s a weird bastard but a very likeable weird bastard. 

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There was nothing left to do at Cruiserweight. He’d won all the gold and had that big knockout against Bellew. The money fights for him were all up at Heavyweight. He moved up and beat Chazz Witherspoon in 7 rounds in his HW debut. Nothing spectacular and if I recall right I think a lot of people were actually saying he looked a bit cack. I barely remember that fight. In his next fight last October, he outpointed Dereck Chisora. He won comfortably. I don’t think I had Delboy winning more than 3 rounds. But it was another one of those performances that didn’t blow anyone away and still left doubts on how far Usyk can go at Heavyweight. Maybe that’s a bigger part of the lack of enthusiasm for this fight than I’ve given it credit for actually. 

Still, I’m really looking forward to this fight. It’s a big step up for Usyk compared to his first couple of fights at HW. But also, style-wise it’s a completely different kind of test for Joshua. The jury is still out on Usyk at Heavyweight for me. He’s got the skills to give pretty much anyone problems but I’ve always felt that there’s gonna come a point where him giving up size will become more of an issue. But this fight really intrigues me because we haven’t seen AJ up against anyone with the box of tricks Usyk has. Both won gold at the 2012 London Olympics. Usyk at Heavyweight, AJ at Super-Heavyweight. It’s a cool fight. 

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Yes.

You just know AJ vs Fury is gonna properly go tits up. Either Usyk will box circles around Joshua here, or Wilder will iron out Fury in October. Or maybe both. That fight hinging on wins over Usyk and Wilder just feels like a recipe for another disappointment.

Can’t be arsed to go into the undercard. It’s there. Might be alright but nothing is jumping out at me. 

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