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British- Nigeria boxer Anthony Joshua will Saturday fight the WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine in front of an expected 60,000 fans at the Tottenham Hostspur Stadium, London.

The unbeaten Ukrainian and unified cruiserweight champion-turned heavyweight who has had two heavyweight fights is opportune to fight the WBA, IBF and WBO world champion, Joshua on the legal ruling which scuppered the proposed 14th August fight against Tyson Fury in Saudi-Arabia. The Tyson Fury against Joshua fight would have given the Briton every belt in the boxing marquee division.

But Joshua expectedly is limited to do more fights before the opportunity to fight Fury.

Again, Usyk who turned professional in 2013 and won the cruiserweight crown in 2016, obviously had had a limited number of fights due to the global Covid-19 pandemic which crippled sporting activities for most part of 2020. Joshua on his part had been beaten by Andy Ruiz Jr at the Madison Square Garden in June 2019, having had the record of 22 straight professional wins in his professional career.  Before the dramatic comeback months later to clinch the WBA, IBF and WBO crown.

With both fighters coming into Saturday’s fight having sparked up their career turning professional the same year, with an incredible record having won gold at the London Olympics in 2012. The fight definitely will trill the audience to the best of boxing. Usyk has the pace with excellent footwork coupled with movement and reflexes. While Joshua relies on his usual slow build-up with excellent punches that drills the muscle of most of his opponents. And next they are exhausted and knock-out or he stretches it to win on points.

Usyk is coming into the fight with less experience at the heavyweight level with wins against Chazz Witherspoon in the seventh round in October 2019 and British Derek Chisora who was beaten on points in 2020. But he will rely on his power punch to make a difference and emulate Evander Holyfield and David Haye as ex-cruiserweight champions with a world heavyweight title. We wait to see what happens!

Anthony Joshua will aim to repeat his record against Ukraine, having defeated Wladimir Klitschko in 2017 to win the world heavyweight title in London. Joshua will also wish to secure a win just like his ninth round win against Kubrat Pulev in December in his belt defense.

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