Anthony Joshua must overcome ‘serious threat’ Oleksandr Usyk who punches hard enough to ‘do damage’, says Peter Fury


Oleksandr Usyk is a “severe menace” to Anthony Joshua and can punch arduous sufficient to “do harm” to Britain’s unified champion, says coach Peter Fury.

The Ukrainian star is ready to be confirmed as the subsequent challenger for Joshua, who is anticipated to defend his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25.

Usyk has stepped up a division, having unified all of the world cruiserweight titles, and has been packing on extra measurement and energy since his factors win over Derek Chisora in October.

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“He is [Usyk] very harmful,” stated Peter Fury, who guided Tyson Fury to a world heavyweight title triumph in 2015.

“It is not a stroll within the park. Overlook cruiserweight. This man, he is had a few fights within the heavyweight division, he is adjusted, he is put the mandatory weight on.

“He is a severe heavyweight and a severe expertise, so it will likely be an excellent battle.”

Each fighters excelled on the highest stage within the newbie ranks as Joshua claimed super-heavyweight gold on the London 2012 Video games, whereas Usyk was the heavyweight champion on the identical Olympics.

Fury believes Usyk’s razor-sharp counter punches, together with an elusive southpaw model, will pose issues for Joshua.

“Sure, after all he has [enough power to gain Joshua’s respect],” he instructed Sky Sports activities.

“He is an correct puncher and anyone within the battle commerce is aware of once you’re in that physique weight bracket, once you’re punching accurately, any punchers can do harm.


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“Sure, he belongs within the division and he is a severe menace. It is a severe battle. Full credit score to Joshua for taking that battle.

“I believe it’s going to in the end be a battle of abilities, as a result of you possibly can’t run into hazard. It is a battle that I am wanting ahead to see. It is a fantastic battle, an excellent match-up.”

Usyk again with mastermind coach

Oleksandr Usyk, Anthony Joshua
Usyk has teamed up together with his newbie mentor

Anatoly Lomachenko, father of pound-for-pound star Vasiliy Lomachenko, will probably be overseeing Usyk’s preparations for Joshua.

The return of Usyk’s previous newbie coach was confirmed by promoter Bob Arum final month.

Arum instructed Sky Sports activities: “Egis Klimas, who’s the supervisor of each [Usyk and Lomachenko], I speak with him and he has talked with the daddy of Lomachenko, who he calls ‘Papa Lomachenko’ who was the coach of all these Ukrainian Olympians and he is agreed to correctly prepare Usyk for this battle.

“I am telling you, ‘Do not assume that Joshua is in a cake stroll. He has a very robust battle with Usyk, who’s a terrific boxer.’

“His father would not prepare anybody else, however he’ll prepare Usyk, as a result of Usyk is like household.”

Lomachenko has given his backing to Usyk, telling Sky Sports activities: “In fact I imagine he can win.

“He has a really large likelihood but it surely will not be straightforward as a result of Joshua additionally is aware of what he should do within the ring.

“Joshua additionally is aware of boxing, he has additionally had newbie expertise.

Requested about Joshua’s significantly larger and heavier body, he replied: “However Oleksandr is far quicker.

“It will likely be a battle between kinds.”


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