When it comes to the Usyk fight, Anthony Joshua won’t make the same mistake twice – Boxing News


Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury aren’t preventing one another, and each set their subsequent fights for opponents who’re harmful in several methods. John Dennen reviews

THE plan is for Anthony Joshua to struggle Oleksandr Usyk in entrance of 70,000 followers in London on September 18 or 25. That contest, for the WBO, IBF and WBA heavyweight titles, is near being finalised.

Joshua had been anticipated to field Tyson Fury for the undisputed heavyweight crown in August. However negotiations for the megafight collapsed. Properly Joshua has pushed again his subsequent struggle date to the next month. He has discovered from previous expertise. For the primary lack of his profession, he had gone straight into the bout with a substitute opponent, Andy Ruiz, who duly shocked the champion in a stoppage defeat. Joshua avenged that loss however it’s a mistake he doesn’t intend to repeat.

Promoter Eddie Hearn explains, “AJ’s simply taken his time to reset and reset camp and do issues correctly. Fairly than going early or mid August, let’s simply go mid or finish of September. You’ve been sparring for 3 or 4 months desirous about Tyson Fury, now you’ve received a fighter with a very totally different fashion. After we did the identical factor with Andy Ruiz with just some weeks and received a couple of sparring companions in, it was a giant mistake. All of us discovered from that. So I’m happy.”

Hearn declines to lament the months misplaced engaged on a struggle that didn’t occur. “You’ve received to do what you’re feeling is correct on the time and we had been all attempting, from our facet anyway, with a standard purpose of constructing that struggle so we needed to exhaust that,” he stated.

Fury as an alternative will full a trilogy with Deontay Wilder on July 24 in Las Vegas. Joshua’s challenger Usyk doesn’t have Wilder’s one-punch energy however he’s a deft, skillful southpaw, an Olympic gold medallist and undisputed champion himself at cruiserweight. “That’s what makes it an ideal struggle – the chance,” Joshua’s promoter added.

The world’s two high heavyweights aren’t preventing one another and, in several methods, are each taking harmful fights subsequent. That might upset hopes of matching them later for all 4 main belts.

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“That’s the hazard of the Fury struggle, the identical factor [with the risk from a new opponent coming in]. It’s six weeks from Saturday. So no regrets,” Hearn stated. Even with the recriminations after the Joshua-Fury negotiations fell aside, a Wilder victory might lead to simply as fraught an aftermath. “It weren’t simple final time,” stated Hearn, recalling when he tried to barter a Joshua struggle with then WBC champion Wilder in 2018. That was one other contest which didn’t get made.

“However we don’t care who it’s,” Hearn continued. “We simply need the undisputed struggle.”


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