Anthony Joshua vs Oleksander Usyk - Prediction and discussion

Discussion in 'World Boxing Forum' started by Vegan Beast, May 18, 2021.

AJ vs Usyk

This poll will close on Oct 15, 2021 at 6:48 AM.
  1. AJ - KO/TKO

    62 vote(s)
    39.7%
  2. AJ - Decision

    32 vote(s)
    20.5%
  3. Draw

    4 vote(s)
    2.6%
  4. Usyk - KO/TKO

    22 vote(s)
    14.1%
  5. Usyk - Decision.

    36 vote(s)
    23.1%
  1. Nonito Smoak

    Nonito Smoak Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    I expect a fight that Joshua wins by decision. It will probably be razor close with people on here crying robbery and citing it as a defacto loss for years to come.
     
  2. Oreet Cha!

    Oreet Cha! Always poor, never bored (IDLES) Full Member

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    AJ wins by stoppage.

    All over once he catches Usyk.
     
  3. UmarIFLUmar

    UmarIFLUmar Member Full Member

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    Joshua fights take so long to negotiate he only manages 1 fight a year these days.

    Maybe he won't fight at all and just wait for the winner of Fury V Wilder.
     
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  4. BCS8

    BCS8 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    If Usyk makes it through the first half of the fight I think that the second half will be a beatdown of AJ. Of course Joshua has the ability to land something big and end it early. I lean towards Usyk on points.
     
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  5. Surrix

    Surrix Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Pro boxing is entertainment business and I usually hear more bit c hin g form wester fans regards to point wins vs some boxers here.

    No one will be surprised if AJ will KO this Usyk and especially if cash cow AJ will win decision.

    More surprising might be AJ loss via decision or stoppage.

    We all do know that AJ is like Ward or Canelo in US and there this cash cow is big cash cow for eddie and co.

    Nothing wrong, pro boxing is big business here.

    A.J is olympic champion with very questionable, widely discussed in internet win in Olympic Games in his own backyard.
     
  6. zulander

    zulander Boxing Addict Full Member

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    AJ by stoppage although I say it with no certainty.

    Usyks footwork and speed of movement match him up well with someone who can be a bit stiff and robotic and has shown some signs of having a slightly low gas tank BUT he can be hit and AJ hits very hard has some decent skill himself I expect Usyk to have his moment but I just think he hasn't looked hugely impressive so far at heavy.
     
  7. Vegan Beast

    Vegan Beast Active Member Full Member

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    I think AJ will score a knockdown in this fight, and he will either KO usyk, or the knockdown will separate them enough on the scorecards to give AJ a decision.
     
  8. JediPimp007

    JediPimp007 Long suffering reader Full Member

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    Usyks best chance is to come in lighter than he has so far and pack his running shoes. Movement is key against someone as big and powerful as Joshua, especially when Joshua looks to have faster hands.

    Movement, timing and stamina are usyk's main advantages, coming in heavy he gives one of those away and reduces another. He'll need to be at his absolute best to remain upright after 12.
     
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  9. Vegan Beast

    Vegan Beast Active Member Full Member

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    Usyk has gained about 12-13 lbs since Chisora.
     
  10. Vegan Beast

    Vegan Beast Active Member Full Member

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    I think Usyk is going for the KO vs Joshua tbh. He's gained a further 12lbs since fighting Chisora, and now is only about 9/10 lbs lighter than Joshua.

    He could still use his skills, but I think he's going for a TKO/KO because of the extra weight potentially.
     
  11. JediPimp007

    JediPimp007 Long suffering reader Full Member

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    That sounds like a terrible strategy, he's literally giving up his only advantages.
     
  12. Vegan Beast

    Vegan Beast Active Member Full Member

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    Agreed, it is. But Usyk has gained the weight, and I can't imagine why he'd gain another 12-14lbs if he's not trying to gain power.

    If I were Usyk I'd be working on my evasion and agility.
     
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  13. Brighton bomber

    Brighton bomber Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    I've been thinking this over for a while. The fact that Usyk is seemingly coming in heavy I think will work against him.

    I think Joshua will have problems early maybe even lose the early rounds as he tries to establish his jab while Usyk uses his movement to make him miss and counters. But eventually Joshua's power and size will come into play in the later rounds and he'll suddenly catch Uysk with a big shot and the fight suddenly turns and Joshua finishes him in 7-8 rounds.
     
  14. Vegan Beast

    Vegan Beast Active Member Full Member

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    The interesting thing is, though, is that Usyk usually takes 2-3 rounds before he really starts doing his best work.

    This fight will be very interesting,.
     
  15. Brighton bomber

    Brighton bomber Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    I think that will be the case too, he'll probably have his best rounds from rounds 4-6 but Joshua will get to him in the end much like how he struggled with Povetkin then slowly got into the fight and then suddenly ended it.

    Indeed it will be interesting. I've said AJ struggles with movement since he fought Savon in the Olympics it will be interesting to see how he deals with Usyk's movement and see how he has improved in this regard, if he's improved at all. I wouldn't be shocked if Usyk beat him if I'm honest.