The eagerly anticipated heavyweight rematch between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk is taking place this weekend.
The WBO, WBA, and IBF World titles, as well as the Ring Magazine championship, will be on the line as Joshua seeks redemption after losing his championships at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium last September.
Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk II
WBO, WBA, IBF, Ring Magazine Heavyweight Bout Main Event
Saturday, August 20, 2022 – 08:00 PM EDT at King Abdullah Sports City
- Professional Record: 24-2-0 (22 KOs, 2 decisions)
- Age: 32
- Born: Watford, England
- Height: 6'6"
- Reach: 82.0"
- Stance: Orthodox
With a professional boxing career that boasts a 91.67% knockout-to-win ratio, if you still don’t know the name of Anthony Joshua, you must’ve been living under a rock.
The 32-year-old British heavyweight boxer has competed globally and displayed an elite skill level as a professional competitor since 2013. In 2012, he captured an Olympic gold medal, became a professional, and held the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight championships.
Andy Ruiz shocked the world and defeated Joshua in 2018, but Joshua's hunger and elite talent assisted him in winning a rematch with the Mexican. Can the Englishman replicate his successful rematch outing and achieve the same result versus Usyk? Outside of his Usyk and Ruiz losses, Joshua’s record is unblemished and hasn’t been close.
- Two-time Unified Heavyweight Champion (WBA, IBF, WBO, & IBO Titles)
- Regional British & Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion (2015-2016)
- Olympic Gold Medallist (2012)
Best Available Odds: Anthony Joshua ML (+175) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)
- Professional Record: 19-0 (13 KOs, 6 decisions)
- Age: 35
- Born: Ukraine
- Height: 6'3"
- Reach: 78.0"
- Stance: Southpaw
Ukrainian native Oleksandr Usyk spoiled the party when he defeated Joshua last September, preventing a sought-after undisputed heavyweight championship bout between the two Brits, Joshua and Tyson Fury.
This shouldn’t have come as a surprise, as the newly crowned titleholder owns a long list of difficult-to-achieve accomplishments.
Olympic gold was the beginning of Usyks’ remarkable professional career. He then became the first cruiserweight in boxing history to simultaneously hold the four major world championships:
Usyk became known for his speed which assisted him in rising through the rankings, winning his first world title within ten professional bouts, and becoming the undisputed cruiserweight champion by his fifteenth contest.
He eventually vacated his titles in this weight class and moved to heavyweight in 2019. He was 16-0 and had already wiped the floor with five current or former world champions.
- Unified Heavyweight Champion - WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO (Current)
- Unified Cruiserweight Champion - WBA, WBC, IBF, & WBO (Former)
- Winner of the 2011 World Championships
- Olympic Gold Medallist in 2012
Best Available Odds: Oleksandr Usyk ML (-193) at Bovada (visit our Bovada Review)
Joshua vs. Usyk II Analysis and Betting Prediction
How can Usyk beat Joshua?
AJ has often looked sluggish and becomes lethargic during the later rounds of his contests. This is an advantageous position for Usyk, known for his long-lasting cardio.
The footwork, endurance, and elusiveness from a southpaw stance are the main factors that could cause Joshua issues for a second time, alongside a solid chin which is the most vital commodity in the heavyweight division.
How can Joshua defeat Usyk?
Standing at 6ft 6”, Joshua towers over Usyk and should look to dictate this fight at a distance. He failed to utilize his size advantage in the first meeting, something he will need to correct this weekend.
Joshua’s jab is overlooked but will be the crucial weapon this weekend. It’ll set up his power right, and he’ll use his typical 1-2 to keep the pressure and force a ranged fight whenever Usyk steps into the pocket.
If Joshua can land his power shots, he’s got a great chance. In the first fight, frustration got the better of Joshua, and he couldn't land his punches on too many occasions.
Still, if those damaging blows can land on Saturday, he can slower Usyk and deliver more offensive combinations.
Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk II Betting Pick
The available boxing odds at our top-rated sportsbooks are fair, and I believe the -193 price on the defending champion holds some betting value.
Usyk proved he owns the better footwork and movement, while Joshua also owns these attributes, he’s just not as good as the Ukrainian.
Joshua has a puncher's chance, but this isn’t something I’d want to put my money behind.
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