After Antoine Joshuait is to dig towards Oleksandr Usykthe heavyweight champion couldn’t help but perform in front of the cameras during his open workout.
There is only one day left before Usyk and Joshua meet in the ring. It’s been 11 months since their last clash, when the Ukrainian put on a masterful performance to produce a huge upset and claim all four of the Briton’s heavyweight titles.
Joshua couldn’t handle Usyk’s quick movements and impressive footwork at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last September, and he has since changed coaches for the rematch.
As a result, it looks like the 32-year-old has strengthened and added power to his build as he looks to secure a knockout victory and reclaim his belts again in Saudi Arabia.
Much of Joshua’s struggles in the first fight came from Usyk’s position. As a southpaw fighter, he adopts a southpaw stance – something Joshua struggled to deal with.
“Fighting a southpaw is a nightmare and he’s also good,” admitted Joshua.
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“He is good, but if he was an orthodox fighter, I would have smoked him 100%. But with this left-handed nonsense, it’s just different, they set you up differently. If you’re a good southpaw, you have a good chance of succeeding in boxing, I think.
However, after criticizing Usyk’s stance, the 35-year-old Ukrainian decided to perform in front of the cameras during his open training – where he boxed in an orthodox stance.
Usyk showed his versatility, shadow boxing in an identical position to Joshua. We’re unlikely to see him on fight night, but it’s a brilliant mind game from the 35-year-old.
Oleksandr Usyk shadowboxes in an orthodox stance during public training after Anthony Joshua says he would have ‘smoke’ him if he wasn’t a southpaw…[📽️ @Usykaa] pic.twitter.com/DCCbRiSi9G
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Frankly, Joshua is under enough pressure as it is. The Watford-born star has suffered two defeats in his last four fights, and a third on Saturday would completely derail his journey to unify the heavyweight division.
As for Usyk, after dominating the cruiserweight division, another victory in Jeddah would allow him to pursue the WBC title which should be vacated by Tyson Fury.
Either way, the “Rage on the Red Sea” is bound to be a hit event. But while we’re guaranteed plenty of action and drama, don’t expect to see Usyk abandon his southpaw stance too much.
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