Unbeaten Ukrainian Usyk presents, in terms of pure boxing, the biggest challenge of the British heavyweight’s career.
Joshua looked lean as he weighed 17th at 2 pounds yesterday, with former cruiserweight king Usyk coming in at the heaviest of his career at 15th 11 pounds.
AJ returns to the ring this weekend for the first time since December, when he managed to retain the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO belts he claimed from Andy Ruiz Jr with a patient ninth round stoppage from the challenger. Mandatory IBF Kubrat Pulev in front of a limited crowd of 1,000 fans at the SSE Arena, Wembley.
Now more than 60,000 spectators will be in North London for the first boxing match at Spurs’ £ 1billion plush house, with Joshua facing his mandatory WBO after a pair of blockbusters, showdowns lucrative all-British unifications with Tyson Fury have been put on the back burner. after an arbitration hearing ruled that the WBC champion must face Deontay Wilder for the third time, with this trilogy fight taking place in Las Vegas on October 9.
Joshua will work to avoid slippage here to hold onto his titles and stay on track for that gigantic double title from Fury, with undefeated southpaw Usyk a very skillful, delicate and accomplished opponent as his compatriot gold medalist of London 2012 expects to provide its biggest challenge since yet another Ukrainian, Wladimir Klitschko, in this unforgettable 11-round classic four years ago.
Usyk, 34, is a former undisputed heavyweight world champion who switched to heavyweight after stopping Tony Bellew in 2018, stopping late replacement opponent Chazz Witherspoon in seven rounds in October 2019 before edging out Derek Chisora In his only other heavyweight clash in London last fall.
On tonight’s undercard, Hackney’s Lawrence Okolie makes the first WBO cruiserweight title defense he won against Krzysztof Glowacki in March as he takes on mandatory challenger Dilan Prasovic.
Ricky Hatton’s son Campbell is in his fourth pro competition against Sonni Martinez of Uruguay and former super middleweight champion Callum Smith – beaten by Canelo Alvarez in December – begins his light heavyweight campaign against Lenin Castillo.
Joshua vs Usyk Fight 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 time, location and ring walks
More than 60,000 fans are expected in the N17 for one of the biggest sporting events to take place in the UK since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
The ring rides for the main event are expected around 10 p.m. BST, although, as always, the exact time will depend on the length of those undercard fights.
How to watch Joshua vs. Usyk
TV channel: In the UK Joshua vs Usyk is available to watch via pay-per-view on Sky Sports Box Office for £ 24.95.
Direct: Those who purchased the fight can also watch it live online through the downloadable player or the Sky Sports Box Office app.
Joshua vs Usyk fight prediction
The talented Usyk certainly has the technical skills to make tonight an uncomfortable night for Joshua, who will need to box smart and be fully turned on to face the threat posed.
However, the Ukrainian lacks the power and size to really hurt the champion, while his lack of heavyweight experience is also likely to be a factor, although Joshua has praised his rival for jumping. basically”.
Despite his weight loss, AJ still has a clear power and size advantage here and we back him to inflict Usyk’s first professional loss with a save in the second half of the fight. Let’s say the ninth round.
It would be Joshua’s 25th out of 26 win, with a 23rd save.
Joshua vs Usyk weigh-in
Weigh-ins for tonight’s event took place on Friday afternoon.
Joshua was 17th 2lb, with Usyk entering 15th 11lb.
Joshua vs Usyk Betting Odds
Joshua to win by decision / technical decision: 10/21
Joshua wins by KO / TKO or DQ: 11/10
Usyk to win by decision / technical decision: 7/2
Usyk wins by KO / TKO or DQ: 7/1