Patience the play for Usyk

25 September 2021 21:02:07 GMTPlus11
Oleksandr Usyk is ready to wait for his chances against Anthony Joshua

Oleksandr Usyk has claimed that the victor of his bout with Anthony Joshua will be "the one with more patience".

The Ukrainian is 3.00 to beat Joshua on Saturday, with the British heavyweight champion priced up at 1.40 and the draw 19.00.

Worthy challenger

Usyk is undefeated in his 18 fights so far as a professional, winning 13 by way of knockout.

The Cat is just the fourth man in history to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO titles, he did so at the cruiserweight division.

This will be a fight between two boxing minds, two boxing intellects.

Oleksandr Usyk

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In 2019 Usyk moved up to heavyweight, beating Chazz Witherspoon before he defeated Derek Chisora in his last bout in October 2020.

Joshua is the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion and has a professional record of 24-1. His only loss came in a shock defeat to Andy Ruiz, who he beat in the rematch to retain his crown.

To date, 22 of Joshua's 24 wins have come by way of knockout.

History may beckon for Usyk

If Usyk wins the bout he will become just the third fighter ever to be both cruiserweight and heavyweight world champion.

The fight takes place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and Joshua predicted beforehand that it would be "a fight for the brain".

Usyk echoed the Watford boxers' sentiments, giving his analysis of the fight before the two step into the ring.

"Anthony is absolutely correct," he said. "This will be a fight between two boxing minds, two boxing intellects.

"The one with more patience, to go through all the pressure in the fight, will take the victory."

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