Fight week of a big showdown is underway in the glamour division, as #1 Ring-Magazine contender & WBA/WBO/IBF Unified World Heavyweight Titlist 🥇🇬🇧Anthony “AJ” Joshua (24-1-0, 22KO👊👊) will put his belts, and his reputation on the line against unbeaten legend and former Cruiserweight Undisputed Champion of the World 🥇🇺🇦Oleksandr Usyk (18-0-0, 13KO👊), who is looking has taken the big leap up with weight in recent times, in pursuit of trying to accomplish a feat that will further sure up his 🎟️ticket towards becoming a lock for the Hall-of-Fame.
Joshua has always been a dangerous commodity, who is a physically imposing guy at 6’6, 245 lbs., minimal bodyfat, and possesses the most power out of all Heavyweights with the exception of 🥉🇺🇸Deontay Wilder. Joshua also possesses a top-2 jab in the division, and can be a headache to deal with, when his head is in the right place in terms of the direction of a prizefight. Joshua and Usyk both won each of their Olympic Gold-Medals within the same 2012 London Games, with Olek bringing home the Gold for the Heavyweight division, and Joshua winning it on his home soil at Super-Heavyweight.
Now…Oleksandr Usyk’s journey has been one filled with brilliance, as he expedited his trek up towards boxing supremacy, and putting himself as a virtual permanent fixture on the Top ⚓10 P4P list with the work he has accomplished thus far. Through his exploits, he has cemented himself as the greatest Cruiserweight Champion of all time…or at worst, one who stands next to the great 🥉🇺🇸Evander Holyfield who can continue to make that case for himself. Speaking of Holyfield, what both Evander and Olek have in common is that they cleaned out the best fighters of their division, doing so in style, en route to becoming Undisputed Champion.
Usyk will hope to have more in common with his predecessor, as he had lofty ambitions set way back in his amateur days about ascending to face the big boys at the next level, on a quest to becoming a Heavyweight Champion. That time is currently now for the 🗓️34 year old superbly gifted Ukrainian, who has mapped out his quest to near perfection given the steps he has walked on his Cruiserweight run, and the strategic path taken that has put him in this position to challenge for three of the five Heavyweight world titles this upcoming Saturday on September 25th.
Much like Holyfield, size will not be on his side at all, as he is rendered small compared to his counterparts at the weight…but Usyk has a skillset that is unmatched by his peers, and has gone the extra mile in training to bulk up, without losing his speed, so that he can try to prevent bigger Heavyweights from overpowering his gifts, all while also preserving his stamina. How will that all turn out? we will now get a chance to see.
SAME DESTINATION, VERY DIFFERENT JOURNIES🔎 When you look at how both Oleksandr Usyk, and Anthony Joshua met at the same place of Olympic ⛰️Mount Everest, you will notice that their journeys towards getting there were diametrically opposed. The Ukrainian was an accomplished amateur over a four-year span, where he amassed an impressively gaudy 📝335-15 overall record – also winning an Amateur World Championship along his path. Anthony Joshua however was of the natural ability contingent, who only had a brief stay in the amateur system, but was able to take it all the way for the glory with just a 📝40-3 record on his behalf.
Their paths will cross once again…but this time, they will actually meet in the ring in a blockbuster event, that will be fought at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, on U.K. soil. This will be broadcast of course by DAZN with no Pay-Per-View tag, but also by SKY, who will 💵charge for viewing. For a Heavyweight division that had stalled quite some time years back, this bout is certainly one that is welcoming, as two box-office attractions are going for the gusto.