Joshua Picks Wilder To Beat Fury In Third Fight

By: Sean Crose He no doubt has other things on his mind at the moment, but if you pull his arm, WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titlist Anthony Joshua will tell you he believes Deontay Wilder will best Tyson Fury when the two men meet next month in Las Vegas for a third go round. "Let's go with Wilder," Joshua told the BBC in the leadup to his own fight this weekend against former cruiserweight kingpin Oleksandr Usyk. "He (Wilder) seems obsessed, like he really wants it." Joshua went on to add that "a focused man is a dangerous man, and he's focused." Wilder and Fury first met back in December of 2018, when the two battled for Wilder's WBC heavyweight title. The fight was close, but Fury looked to be on his way to a decision win when Wilder dropped him hard in the final round. Amazingly, Fury got to his feet, fought on well, and ultimately walked away with a draw. The two men met again in early 2020. This time, it was Fury who was the aggressor. Not only did he outfight Wilder, he led to a member of Wilder's corner to throw in the towel in the seventh. Even though Fury won the rematch in thoroughly dominant fashion, Joshua feels Wilder's focus in the leadup to the third fight will give him the edge. "Wilder might get the decision," he said. "Actually, no... it has to be a knockout. One of them will knock the other out." Joshua himself, however, has other things on his mind, mainly the undefeated Usyk, who he'll be facing in England. Although favored to win, the towering Englishman is facing an undefeated fighter who was himself the undisputed cruiserweight champion on the world - during a time when cruiserweight was a division bursting with talent. Should he best Usyk, Joshua will be expected to face the winner of Fury-Wilder. That pressure will be particularly intense if Joshua and Fury end up victorious in their respective bouts. Both are supersize heavyweights and, even more importantly, both Englishman. Throw in the fact that the winner of a Joshua-Fury bout would find himself being the first undisputed heavyweight champion of the world in ages and the potential bout looks to have the makings of a true superfight. Indeed, the two men were supposed to face off in the middle east this year before an American arbitrator ordered Fury to face Wilder again. Joshua, however, comes across as willing to take on all comers. "Honestly," he said, "there's no problem with challenging any fighter in the heavyweight division." The post Joshua Picks Wilder To Beat Fury In Third Fight appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Joshua Picks Wilder To Beat Fury In Third Fight

By: Sean Crose

He no doubt has other things on his mind at the moment, but if you pull his arm, WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titlist Anthony Joshua will tell you he believes Deontay Wilder will best Tyson Fury when the two men meet next month in Las Vegas for a third go round. "Let's go with Wilder," Joshua told the BBC in the leadup to his own fight this weekend against former cruiserweight kingpin Oleksandr Usyk. "He (Wilder) seems obsessed, like he really wants it." Joshua went on to add that "a focused man is a dangerous man, and he's focused."

Wilder and Fury first met back in December of 2018, when the two battled for Wilder's WBC heavyweight title. The fight was close, but Fury looked to be on his way to a decision win when Wilder dropped him hard in the final round. Amazingly, Fury got to his feet, fought on well, and ultimately walked away with a draw. The two men met again in early 2020. This time, it was Fury who was the aggressor. Not only did he outfight Wilder, he led to a member of Wilder's corner to throw in the towel in the seventh.

Even though Fury won the rematch in thoroughly dominant fashion, Joshua feels Wilder's focus in the leadup to the third fight will give him the edge. "Wilder might get the decision," he said. "Actually, no... it has to be a knockout. One of them will knock the other out." Joshua himself, however, has other things on his mind, mainly the undefeated Usyk, who he'll be facing in England. Although favored to win, the towering Englishman is facing an undefeated fighter who was himself the undisputed cruiserweight champion on the world - during a time when cruiserweight was a division bursting with talent.

Should he best Usyk, Joshua will be expected to face the winner of Fury-Wilder. That pressure will be particularly intense if Joshua and Fury end up victorious in their respective bouts. Both are supersize heavyweights and, even more importantly, both Englishman. Throw in the fact that the winner of a Joshua-Fury bout would find himself being the first undisputed heavyweight champion of the world in ages and the potential bout looks to have the makings of a true superfight. Indeed, the two men were supposed to face off in the middle east this year before an American arbitrator ordered Fury to face Wilder again. Joshua, however, comes across as willing to take on all comers.

"Honestly," he said, "there's no problem with challenging any fighter in the heavyweight division."

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Anthony Joshua Confident Heading Into Oleksandr Usyk Showdown: “I Can Outbox Him”

By: Hans Themistode In the eyes of many, Anthony Joshua should walk away from his heavyweight showdown against Oleksandr Usyk with his world titles tucked safely underneath his arm. But while most believe he’ll take care of business against the former cruiserweight champion this Saturday night at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the United Kingdom, those same believers are convinced that his only path to victory is via stoppage. With Usyk being known as a master boxer, question marks have surrounded the Ukrainian’s ability to take a punch. Although the former Olympic gold medalist dominated the cruiserweight division, winning every world title en route to becoming an undisputed champion, he now competes one weight class higher in the heavyweight division. Even with the presence of bigger men, Usyk has made a seamless transition, picking up wins against Chazz Witherspoon and Dereck Chisora. As Joshua continues to implement his game to defeat the Ukrainian, the 31-year-old unified titlist has grown tired of hearing everyone determine his chances of winning are based solely on his one-punch knockout power. In Joshua’s mind, he's fully convinced that no matter where the fight takes place, he has the upper hand. “I can outbox him,” said Joshua during their final press conference. “of course I can. And I can out-strength him. There’s not one factor that can determine a fight.” For the better part of the past decade and a half, Usyk has rarely, if ever, been outboxed. The quirky giant dominated the competition as an amateur, winning an Olympic gold medal in the 2012 games and picking up several notable wins along the way against the likes of Joe Joyce and Artur Beterbiev. Joshua, while an Olympic gold medalist in his own right, is known for ending fights in the blink of an eye as opposed to outboxing his opposition. That said, the two-time heavyweight belt holder has shown off his boxing ability throughout his career. In March of 2018, Joshua saw his 20 consecutive knockout streak come to an end against a cautious Joseph Parker. Despite failing to end the fight before the final bell, Joshua still cruised to a unanimous decision victory. Fast forward one year later, and Joshua proved once again that he could do much more than rely on his freakish power. After suffering the first defeat of his career to Andy Ruiz Jr., Joshua would win their immediate rematch six months later. On the night, Joshua avoided long drawn-out exchanges and instead, opted to box and move. Considering that the British native is highly capable of using both his brains and brawn to win a fight, he feels extremely confident that whether Usyk wants to bang in the middle of the ring or have more of a tactical chess match, the end results will be the same. “I’ll use my strength, but it is a boxing match. I love boxing, the sweet science.” The post Anthony Joshua Confident Heading Into Oleksandr Usyk Showdown: “I Can Outbox Him” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Anthony Joshua Confident Heading Into Oleksandr Usyk Showdown: “I Can Outbox Him”

By: Hans Themistode

In the eyes of many, Anthony Joshua should walk away from his heavyweight showdown against Oleksandr Usyk with his world titles tucked safely underneath his arm. But while most believe he’ll take care of business against the former cruiserweight champion this Saturday night at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the United Kingdom, those same believers are convinced that his only path to victory is via stoppage.

With Usyk being known as a master boxer, question marks have surrounded the Ukrainian’s ability to take a punch. Although the former Olympic gold medalist dominated the cruiserweight division, winning every world title en route to becoming an undisputed champion, he now competes one weight class higher in the heavyweight division.

Even with the presence of bigger men, Usyk has made a seamless transition, picking up wins against Chazz Witherspoon and Dereck Chisora.

As Joshua continues to implement his game to defeat the Ukrainian, the 31-year-old unified titlist has grown tired of hearing everyone determine his chances of winning are based solely on his one-punch knockout power. In Joshua’s mind, he's fully convinced that no matter where the fight takes place, he has the upper hand.

“I can outbox him,” said Joshua during their final press conference. “of course I can. And I can out-strength him. There’s not one factor that can determine a fight.”

For the better part of the past decade and a half, Usyk has rarely, if ever, been outboxed. The quirky giant dominated the competition as an amateur, winning an Olympic gold medal in the 2012 games and picking up several notable wins along the way against the likes of Joe Joyce and Artur Beterbiev.

Joshua, while an Olympic gold medalist in his own right, is known for ending fights in the blink of an eye as opposed to outboxing his opposition. That said, the two-time heavyweight belt holder has shown off his boxing ability throughout his career.

In March of 2018, Joshua saw his 20 consecutive knockout streak come to an end against a cautious Joseph Parker. Despite failing to end the fight before the final bell, Joshua still cruised to a unanimous decision victory.

Fast forward one year later, and Joshua proved once again that he could do much more than rely on his freakish power. After suffering the first defeat of his career to Andy Ruiz Jr., Joshua would win their immediate rematch six months later. On the night, Joshua avoided long drawn-out exchanges and instead, opted to box and move.

Considering that the British native is highly capable of using both his brains and brawn to win a fight, he feels extremely confident that whether Usyk wants to bang in the middle of the ring or have more of a tactical chess match, the end results will be the same.

“I’ll use my strength, but it is a boxing match. I love boxing, the sweet science.”

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