Oleksandr Usyk has been kept under wraps about his preparation for the Anthony Joshua fight after arriving for his world title clash with the British heavyweight star.
The Ukrainian, who was the undisputed cruiserweight champion, will look to snatch Joshua’s WBA, IBF and WBO belts when they share the ring this Saturday, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
After climbing a division, Usyk gained more muscle, but didn’t reveal any details about his physical condition.
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“It was a great camp, thanks for asking,” Usyk told Sky Sports News.
When asked what shape he was in, the 34-year-old joked: “The shape you’re going to see, because I’m not wearing it now.”
When asked if he would be heavier for the Joshua fight, Usyk replied, “Can’t you see him now?”
He then texted the Unified Champion, saying, “Anthony, hello. I’m here.”
Joshua was set to face WBC champion Tyson Fury in an undisputed world title fight this summer before plans fell apart, but he told Sky Sports that Usyk is another high-caliber opponent.
“I have another challenger who is good, just as good,” Joshua said.
“I have to be serious with him now.
“He’s definitely going to step up, he’s definitely going to take the fight. That’s what I need – serious people.”
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Sky Sports expert Johnny Nelson believes Usyk will be the best fighter Joshua has faced in his professional career.
“Usyk is the best fighter we’ve seen in the ring with AJ to date,” said Nelson.
“From a success standpoint – amateur and professional – style wise, he’s the best fighter AJ will step into the ring with.
“Not everyone will realize it. People might think, ‘AJ is stepping in the ring with a cruiserweight,’ but he’s the best in my opinion. He’s just a winner all along.”
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