ANTHONY JOSHUA has been warned Oleksandr Usyk hits exhausting sufficient to finish his second reign as unified heavyweight champion.
Anthony Joshua will defend his unified heavyweight titles in opposition to Oleksandr UsykCredit score: MATCHROOM BOXING
Tony Bellew insists Oleksandr Usyk packs sufficient energy to bother AJCredit score: Reuters
Usyk’s energy at heavyweight was questioned following his decision victory over Dereck Chisora last November, however former foe Tony Bellew insists the Ukrainian southpaw packs a hefty sufficient punch to derail an undisputed title struggle between AJ and Tyson Fury.
Throughout an look on The DAZN Boxing Present, The Bomber mentioned: “Consider you me mate, he hits exhausting sufficient to ship me down.
“He is distinctive. He is one of the best I ever confronted. He’s so technically good. His footwork is on one other degree.”
The retired Bellew was knocked out by Usyk in October 2019 in what proved to be his remaining outing to the ring.
The Scouser mentioned of his loss: “Generally you have simply received to carry your fingers up and say, ‘I misplaced to the higher man’.
“He’s higher than me. He’s implausible, phenomenally gifted in all the pieces that he does.”
Usyk is about to coach with Vasily Lomachenko’s dad, Anatoly, forward of his bid to turn into a two-division world champion.
Bellew reckons the reunion will make Joshua’s night time that a lot tougher, telling talkSPORT: “It’s a tough struggle, I’m not gonna lie. It’s a really, very exhausting struggle.
“If something, it’s simply received even tougher as a result of Usyk has now gone again with Lomachenko’s father.
“That makes it even tougher as a result of they may create a recreation plan that’s gonna try to negate all the pieces good that Anthony Joshua does.
Consider you me mate, he hits exhausting sufficient to ship me down
Tony Bellew on Oleksandr Usyk
“They’re gonna try to take all the pieces away from him.
“That’s what Usyk does so properly. He takes away your strengths earlier than he appears to be like at implementing his personal strengths.
“And by taking away your strengths, you’re misplaced. The issues he does together with his ft – he’s distinctive.
“So I believe it’s a extremely exhausting struggle, I believe it’s actually harmful.”
However the former WBC cruiserweight champion is assured the Brit will get the higher of The Cat.
He added: “I believe Anthony Joshua might be down on factors when he catches up with him. I believe he’ll meet up with him between rounds six and ten – I actually do.
“I simply assume the dimensions is an excessive amount of, I simply assume the velocity and the facility might be an excessive amount of.
“The factor about Anthony Joshua is he’s now changing into a pupil of the sport.
“He’s placing in additional time, finding out. He’s watching the old-fashioned fighters.
“He’s a consummate skilled, the best-conditioned heavyweight on the planet.
“Bodily, I’d say one of the best athlete the heavyweight division has seen in 20 years. And not using a shadow of a doubt.
“All he must click on up on now’s his precise boxing IQ and that’s getting higher and higher.
“He’s gonna should implement velocity and power in opposition to Usyk. There isn’t any different means round it. There’s no straightforward solution to beat this man.”
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