OLEKSANDR USYK is the ‘best boxer Anthony Joshua will ever face’, according to the Ukrainian’s former opponent Tony Bellew. Joshua will be looking for revenge against the Ukrainian – when they face off in a rematch on August 20 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
And Bellew, who was stopped by Usyk in the eighth round of their fight back in November 2018, has warned Joshua about the incredible skills the 19-0 man possesses.
Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: “This will be the best boxer Anthony Joshua will ever face in his career. “When it comes to natural, pure boxing, Oleksandr Usyk is the most natural boxer Anthony Joshua will ever face. He is unbelievable at what he does.”
After beating Bellew three years ago, Usyk moved up to heavyweight and has fought on three occasions since then.
After a routine win against American Chazz Witherspoon, he then had his first real test in the blue-riband division against the all-action Derek Chisora. And while he had to overcome some tough moments, Usyk secured a unanimous decision victory.
If AJ gets the job done, he will look to set up an undisputed clash against fellow Brit Tyson Fury, who holds the WBC strap.
Fury, however, would have to be tempted out of retirement for the potential ‘Battle of Britain’.