Anthony Joshua has been warned he ‘gained’t hear the ultimate bell’ of his August 20 rematch with Oleksandr Usyk after a video has emerged of the Ukrainian’s new muscular physique. Boxing followers have been left shocked by Usyk’s transformation with many flocking to social media to ship a warning to ‘AJ’.
In a video uploaded by Sky Sports activities Boxing on Twitter, Usyk might be seen enjoying tennis together with his workforce and seems to be packing on the scale in preparation for his second combat with the Brit. Sporting a yellow tank high and bulging muscle mass, Usyk has acquired the boxing world speaking as soon as once more.
Twitter person @SherwinJack wrote: “Man is wanting large no method AJ sees the ultimate bell on this one.” Whereas @Ken_luvs_Babs tweeted: “Some measurement now. May ko Joshua this time spherical.”
And @Syar6750 stated: “He’s wanting enormous.” One other, @Antoine33740031, added: “Man is wanting wham !!”
Earlier than @Carlboxer concluded: “Usyk will spoil AJ I’ll be watching the combat on vacation in Greece. Can’t anticipate this.”
The unified heavyweight champion is wanting a lot heavier than he did coming into his first combat with Joshua in September the place he weighed in at a profession heaviest 221lb. Clearly, Usyk is pilling on the mass with a purpose to assist him compete up shut in opposition to Joshua who is anticipated to undertake a extra aggressive method for the Saudi showdown.
The consensus path to victory for Joshua is to tough up his rival on the within and use his measurement and power benefit to lean on him and tire him out – one thing Usyk will likely be hoping to counteract come combat night time.
Nevertheless, the additional weight will probably result in a discount within the former undisputed cruiserweight champions’ pace and manoeuvrability which had been amongst his most vital property within the inaugural contest.
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All the noise popping out of Usyk’s camp suggests that he’s anticipating a brand new and improved Joshua and has been partaking in way more bodily spars within the gymnasium. Throughout an interview with Sky Sports activities, Aamir Ali, the supervisor of one among Usyk’s principal sparring companions, Nursultan Amanzholov, revealed that Usyk is welcoming ‘gymnasium wars’ and has been sending sparring companions house early.
“He [Amanzholov] says there are days when Usyk goes to struggle with him. It is not straightforward to harm Nursultan however he is been on the receiving finish a couple of instances. However quite a lot of his heavyweights have been despatched again house, if they cannot keep in camp,” Ali stated. “They cannot sustain.”
“He stated as quickly as [Usyk] got here again from Jeddah, from the press convention, the day he arrived again, he phoned up Nursultan who was sitting in his resort and stated to him, ‘I would like you sparring immediately.’ Actually acquired off the aircraft and began sparring straightaway and [Amanzholov] stated he was in a foul temper. He was in a very offended temper, needed to go to struggle. Anthony Joshua’s in hassle.”