Joshua wary of Usyk threat

21 July 2021 18:55:17 GMTPlus10

Anthony Joshua says he knows he has to be fully focused and ready for the challenge after confirming he will face Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on 25th September.

The 31-year-old was expected to fight Tyson Fury in a unification clash, but he will now defend his IBF, WBA and WBO titles against Usyk. Joshua is 2.00 to win by KO, TKO or disqualification, but he says he is not overlooking his opponent.

While Usyk has never fought for a heavyweight title, the 34-year-old unified the cruiserweight division before stepping up in weight in 2019.

The Ukrainian has beaten the likes of Michael Hunter, Marco Huck, Mairis Briedis, Murat Gassiev, Tony Bellew and Derek Chisora in the past, and he has never lost as a professional.

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While Fury is the bigger man, Joshua believes Usyk is "just as good" as the WBC champion, and he says he will need to give his all to overcome the awkward southpaw.

He told Sky Sports: "I've got another challenger who's good, just as good.

"I have to be serious about him now. He will definitely step up; he will definitely take the fight. That's what I need - people that are serious.

"I would have loved to have boxed for the undisputed championship because it was a big fight for the public. We had everything set up.

"I have to move forward and not keep dwelling."

A fight with Fury will have to wait for now, with the 'Gypsy King' set to face Deontay Wilder for a third time on 9th October.

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