Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk - Johnny Nelson Preview
All eyes will be on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this weekend as Anthony Joshua defends his WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles against Oleksandr Usyk.
Usyk may not be as well known as Anthony Joshua in the British boxing world, but the cruiserweight-turned-heavyweight has a perfect record of 18 wins, including victories over Tony Bellew and Derek Chisora, and Johnny Nelson spoke about the qualities he possesses.
Nelson said: “He is second to none, he was defined as the heir apparent at cruiserweight. Nobody could beat him, whether it was southpaw, orthodox or switch hitter. His unorthodox style made him dangerous, unpredictable and hard to read by any fighter who lined up against him.”
Usyk’s introduction to the UK was his fight against Tony ‘The Bomber’ Bellew, it was at this point that the boxing world really knew who he was. When facing Bellew, he applied relentless pressure before going in for the kill and getting the knockout. Usyk is a very smart boxer, he knows exactly what his game plan will be when he enters the ring against Anthony Joshua, and he will know how to execute it.
Johnny Nelson looks back to the time he first saw Usyk, he was sparring with boxing legend Wladimir Klitschko when he was preparing to fight Tyson Fury.
“Usyk was giving him hellfire. Klitschko, who was the ultimate professional, had 15 sparring partners lined up, one round at a time for light sessions, and then Usyk stepped in.
“They did one round, and Klitschko shouted ‘stop!’, said something to his coach who then had Usyk escorted out of the building through the backdoor. Everyone was flabbergasted at how he manhandled the former world heavyweight champion,” Nelson recalled.
It is set up to be a thrilling contest in North London. You’ve got two fighters who are at the pinnacle of their career, one is 34 and one is 31. Nelson said: “What the general public don’t realise is, this is the best opponent Anthony Joshua has boxed as a professional. Just because you don’t know him, doesn’t mean he doesn’t exist... This guy is dangerous.”
In the betting, Anthony Joshua is 2.20 to win by KO,TKO or Disqualification whilst Oleksandr Usyk is 6.00 for the same method of victory.
Should the fight go the distance, Oleksandr Usyk is 6.00 to win by Decision or Techinical Decision and Anthony Joshua is priced at 3.50.