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Anthony Joshua’s ‘thinking’ shall be his downfall in opposition to Oleksandr Usyk, says Ukrainian’s promoter


Oleksandr Usyk’s promoter has acknowledged Anthony Joshua’s tendency to ‘think’ too ‘thoroughly’ would be the Briton’s downfall in Saturday’s heavyweight title rematch.

Joshua and Usyk will battle in Saudi Arabia, as “AJ” tries to regain the belts that he misplaced to the unbeaten Ukrainian in London last September.

Usyk, 35, is the favourite inside the rematch, having comprehensively outpointed Joshua, 32, last 12 months. And Krassyuk feels that his fighter’s boxing capability is just not going to be the one decisive take into consideration Jeddah.

“The weak thing about AJ that we know is that he is a very thorough thinker,” Krassyuk acknowledged. “He likes to suppose over every thing. He likes to suppose loads about how not to make a mistake.

“That takes time and energy, and that’s something he should not do in the ring, because in the ring a quarter-second equals the result.”

Krassyuk moreover acknowledged Usyk’s experience shall be integral to the champion retaining the titles in opposition to Joshua.

“I think Joshua’s very strong and has huge advantages like power, size, height, reach; he has a very, very good punch, a straight punch that can knock a horse out,” Krassyuk admitted. “He’s very harmful, however he doesn’t have the identical expertise as Usyk. He had simply 45 fights in amateurs, he turned European, World and Olympic champion – an enormous success, however not an enormous expertise.

Anthony Joshua (left) and Oleksandr Uysk will do battle once more on Saturday (Nick Potts/PA)

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“With Usyk it’s totally different. Usyk had virtually 300 fights, and that’s what makes him so assured. He comes from the college of boxing and likewise turned European, World and Olympic champion. The achievements are roughly the identical, however the expertise behind Usyk is totally different.

“Usyk has not got that kind of reach, size and power as AJ has, but Usyk has his own advantages like speed, footwork, boxing IQ, determination, a brave heart and experience in his life – dealing with danger and dealing with fear. That’s what makes him even stronger.”

Joshua and Usyk’s rematch was delayed from its initially deliberate date this spring, with the Ukrainian having returned to his home nation to help its defence in opposition to the continued invasion by Russia.

Usyk lastly left Ukraine to begin teaching for his rematch with Joshua, who beforehand misplaced and regained the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles in 2019.

The Briton dropped the belts to Andy Ruiz Jr in a shock stoppage defeat that June, sooner than worthwhile them once more with a selection win over the Mexican-American six months later.

This story is in affiliation with Vegas Insider.

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