Oleksandr Usyk has heard all the talk that he is too small for Anthony Joshua but he doesn’t believe the size will matter.
Usyk is a former cruiserweight and weighed in at 221.25lbs, while Joshua weighed in at 240lbs. Although Usyk is nearly 20lbs smaller, he has no concerns over the size. Instead, he points to David Haye’s decision to move up to heavyweight and his eventual big win to capture the WBA title from a 7’1, 300+ pound Nikolai Valuev.
“I think, at first, it will be chess,” Usyk said (via Boxingscene). “People talk a lot. They say the truth, or they don’t say the truth. It’s all talk. We will see on Saturday what happens. The power is not about whether someone is big or small. It’s in your spirit. David Haye was three times smaller than Nikolai Valuev which shows that it doesn’t matter.”
Although Usyk is smaller, he believes he has all the skills to beat Joshua and become the heavyweight champion. If he does, it would be a massive upset and set up an immediate rematch. Yet, for the champ, he says he isn’t looking past Usyk as he knows this will be a tough fight for him.
“These are the best days of my life,” Joshua said. “I’m not an easy fight for anyone. I like fighting. There has to be a reason why I’m here. It has been quick. There has to be a reason. If you told me I was fighting King Kong, I’d give it a go.”
Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk will take place before a hostile crowd of over 60,000 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday. Should Joshua win, he will likely face Tyson Fury next in a massive fight for the heavyweight division and the sport of boxing.
Who do you think will win, Anthony Joshua or Oleksandr Usyk?