Oleksandr Usyk takes Anthony Joshua dig with Tyson Fury comment as Ukrainian confident

Hearn confident AJ can get the better of Usyk

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Oleksandr Usyk fired a shot at Anthony Joshua and believes Tyson Fury is better than him ahead of their bout on Saturday. Usyk is gearing up to fight Joshua at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25. 

The Brit, whose WBA, WBA and IBF world titles will be on the line against the Ukrainian, has not fought since his win over Kubrat Pulev in December 2020.

Usyk believes all the pressure is on Joshua as he will be fighting in front of a home crowd that will undoubtedly be hostile to the Ukrainian. 

The 34-year-old also suggested he thinks Fury is better than his upcoming opponent.  

“Joshua has three titles, Fury one,” Usyk, who is unbeaten, said. 

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“In my opinion, Fury is the coolest. But that’s probably just temporary.

“I believe it will be more difficult for Joshua against me because he has to defend three titles.

“He’s also fighting against a baldish guy from Ukraine, who has come to his home country, looking for a big fight.”

Former undisputed cruiserweight world champion Usyk is well-supported and many believe he can upset Joshua this weekend.

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Tony Bellew was knocked out by Usyk at the Manchester Arena in 2018 and he believes the Ukrainian will be the best boxer ‘AJ’ has ever faced.

Joshua is nearing the end of an intense camp that saw the 31-year-old become much leaner as he has seemingly opted for speed to try and match Usyk. 

Joshua has been sparring with amateurs in order to imitate his opponent’s style, but Usyk believes such fighters will have struggled to replicate his directness and speed.

“I do believe I will win and my compatriots and my followers believe that too,” Usyk added.

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“I will do everything to win, but you should not shout about it at every corner.

“At this moment in my career, this is my biggest fight. My opponent is an Olympic champion, he holds three versions of the world title, he’s a cool opponent.

“But I believe it has been extremely difficult for him to get any sparring or sparring partners to help him prepare for me.”

Joshua recently admitted he is both mentally and physically drained from his 10-week camp ahead of the clash with the Ukrainian, although he has acknowledged it is simply part of achieving perfection in his craft.

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