Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua do battle in what should be a fascinating rematch in the Jeddah Super Dome, Saudi Arabia.
Usyk comes into this fight as 8/15 favourite after defeating Joshua last September at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Joshua’s second professional defeat.
The Brit has his eyes on Usyk’s belts and the possibility of a Heavyweight unification fight with the retired Tyson Fury for an all British heavyweight showdown.
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Oleksandr Usyk to win8/15
Anthony Joshua to win6/4
Joshua Point Deduction
Joshua has a new trainer in Robert Garcia, he’s a very aggressive trainer and can bring an extra dimension to Joshua’s work so expect fireworks this time around.
Standing at range and boxing with Usyk was a clear mistake in tactics last time around and surely his tactics in the rematch will be apply pressure, utilise his greater size and use power punches from closer range, not the outside.
Otherwise, his head will be jabbed off again. We’re tipping Joshua to get too close and aggressive leading to a points deduction.
Anthony Joshua to win By KO
There is no doubting Joshua’s power and if he catches Usyk then it could be all over. AJ has won 24 of his 26 professional fights with 22 of them being decided by knockout or technical knockout.
Five of those victories were KOs, most recently against Kubrat Pulev the man AJ defeated the fight before his defeat to Usyk.
Usyk to win in Rounds 5-8
However, if Joshua can’t grab the centre of the ring from the off and push the smaller man back don’t be surprised to see frustration creep in. We know Usyk will look to control the fight at distance, make his man miss then go through the gears from the middle rounds.
Six of Usyk’s 13 wins were won in the rounds between 5-8.
The first bout was a fantastic fight. We see this rematch being even better.
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