Unbeaten Ukrainian Usyk offers, in pure boxing terms, the biggest problem in the British heavyweight’s vocation.
Joshua seemed lean as he weighed in at 17st 2lb yesterday, with previous cruiserweight king Usyk coming in at the heaviest of his profession at 15st 11lb.
AJ is returning to the ring this weekend for the very first time since December, when he successfully retained the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO belts he claimed back again from Andy Ruiz Jr with a individual ninth-round stoppage of IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in entrance of a restricted group of 1,000 followers at the SSE Arena, Wembley.
Now a lot more than 60,000 spectators will be existing in north London for the very first boxing bout at Spurs’ plush £1billion house, with Joshua dealing with his WBO necessary after a pair of blockbuster, lucrative all-British unifications showdowns with Tyson Fury were being placed on the backburner following an arbitration hearing dominated that the WBC champion have to encounter Deontay Wilder for a 3rd time, with that trilogy combat having position in Las Vegas on Oct 9.
Joshua will be focussed on steering clear of any slip-ups listed here to keep his titles and stay on keep track of for that mammoth Fury double-header, with undefeated southpaw Usyk a incredibly proficient, tricky and accomplished opponent whom his fellow London 2012 gold medallist expects to deliver his biggest obstacle due to the fact another Ukrainian, Wladimir Klitschko, in that unforgettable 11-spherical typical 4 decades ago.
Usyk, 34, is a former undisputed cruiserweight winner of the environment who designed the shift up to heavyweight following stopping Tony Bellew in 2018, halting late substitute opponent Chazz Witherspoon in seven rounds in October 2019 in advance of outpointing Derek Chisora in his only other heavyweight clash to date in London very last autumn.
On tonight’s undercard, Hackney’s Lawrence Okolie helps make the initial defence of the WBO cruiserweight title he won from Krzysztof Glowacki in March as he battles required challenger Dilan Prasovic.
Ricky Hatton’s son Campbell requires part in his fourth experienced contest in opposition to Sonni Martinez of Uruguay and former super-middleweight champion Callum Smith – beaten by Canelo Alvarez in December – begins his campaign up at light-weight-heavyweight in opposition to Lenin Castillo.
Joshua vs Usyk battle card/undercard in full
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk
Lawrence Okolie vs Dilan Prasovic
Campbell Hatton vs Sonni Martinez
Callum Smith vs Lenin Castillo
Maxim Prodan vs Florian Marku
Christopher Ousley vs Khasan Baysangurov
Daniel Lapin vs Pawel Martyniuk
Joshua vs Usyk date, start out time, venue and ring walks
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk will take spot tonight at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in north London.
A lot more than 60,000 admirers are expected in N17 for one of the largest sporting events to just take location in the Uk due to the fact the coronavirus pandemic began.
Ring walks for the main function are predicted at all over 10pm BST, while as ever the correct time will depend on the size of those people undercards bouts.
How to look at Joshua vs Usyk
Tv set channel: In the Uk, Joshua vs Usyk is available to watch by means of pay back-for each-look at on Sky Sports Box Office at a value of £24.95.
Dwell stream: These that have bought the fight can also check out are living online by way of the downloadable participant or Sky Sports Box Place of work application.
Joshua vs Usyk struggle prediction
The gifted Usyk surely has the specialized expertise to make tonight an unpleasant night for Joshua, who will will need to box smartly and be thoroughly switched on to contend with the danger posed.
Nonetheless, the Ukrainian lacks the electric power and dimension to truly harm the winner, whilst his absence of heavyweight knowledge is also most likely to be a variable, nevertheless Joshua has commended his rival for leaping in “at the deep end”.
Inspite of slimming down, AJ continue to has an noticeable electric power and dimension gain listed here and we are backing him to inflict Usyk’s first pro defeat with a stoppage in the next half of the struggle. Let’s say round 9.
That would be a 25th earn from 26 for Joshua, with a 23rd stoppage.
Joshua vs Usyk weigh-in
The weigh-ins for tonight’s occasion took area on Friday afternoon.
Joshua weighed in at 17st 2lb, with Usyk coming in at 15st 11lb.
Joshua vs Usyk betting odds
Joshua to acquire through final decision/specialized determination: 23/10
Joshua to win by KO/TKO or DQ: 11/8
Usyk to get by means of determination/technical choice: 4/1
Usyk to get by KO/TKO or DQ: 11/2