Anthony Joshua V Oleksandr Usyk – Will Size Really Matter?

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On Saturday 25 th September 2021 boxing fans will eagerly gather to watch one of the most anticipated match ups to hit the sport , a world Heavyweight Championship bout featuring two the of the division’s best boxers , both in the prime of their fighting careers , this doesn’t happen often but when it does the buzz is palpable , Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk is set to take on the 2 – time Unified Champion Anthony Joshua in his own back yard at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London , a sell – out crowd is expected.

Boxing fans and pundits are divided about the outcome of this mouth – watering match up, some are going with the supreme natural strength and power of AJ while others are going with the slick speed and technical ability of Usyk, “ Usyk has no knockout power to trouble Aj ” is the consensus of the English man’s fans .

But does having Knockout power and size really give a fighter that much of an advantage? there is an old saying in Boxing ‘ a good big un will always beat a good little un ’ this however is not always strictly true , over the years there have been some notable exceptions to that rule , Sugar Ray Leonards impressive win of Donny Lalonde springs to mind, Sugar Ray stepped up from Middleweight to take on the Light Heavyweight WBC champion stopping him in the 9th round, Leonards Ring craft agility and speed enabled him to overcome the bigger man.

Over the years Boxers have continually stepped up in Weight to test themselves against the bigger men , David Haye beating man mountain Nikolai Valuev in a true David and Goliath affair and let’s not forget Pound for Pound king Roy Jones Jnr who at 193 pounds unanimously outpointed 226 – pound John Ruiz to become WBC Heavyweight champ.

As we enter into fight week, the mind games that usually play a major part of the build between the 2 fighters is eerily non – existent , neither Usyk or Joshua are giving up their game plans or entering into pointless trash talking it’s just mutual respect , both boxers know they are going into the fight of their lives , we as fight fans can speculate on whether Usyk comes in heavier than he ever has for a fight while on the flip side we wonder if A J will be the lightest he has been , one thing for sure is this is going to be a fascinating match, no amount of speculation can give us a true reflection for the outcome of this fight, it’s just too close to call.

History does however have habit of repeating itself , the big fight on Saturday could prove that to be a very true statement as Undisputed Cruiserweight Champion Usyk sets out to emulate Evander Holyfield’s 1990 history setting Clash with James Buster Douglas by ​becoming Undisputed Heavyweight Champion , Holyfield is the only boxer to become Undisputed Champion in 2 weight classes in the 3 – belt era. Interesting! is history set to repeat itself?

becoming Undisputed Heavyweight Champion , Holyf ield is the only boxer to become U n disputed Champion in 2 weight classes in the 3 – belt era … … Hmmmmm Interesting! is history set to repeat itself?


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