According to Frank Warren, Alexander USYK’s best hope of knocking down Anthony Joshua will come via a points decision.
A caring promoter of AJ rival Tyson Fury has outlined his hope that Britain will win at Tottenham on Saturday to drum up a battle for unification against the Gypsy King.
But he predicts a positive outcome for cruiserweight King Usyk, if he can last through the end of the 12th round.
Warren told IFL TV: “[Usyk] Proven at cruiserweight.
“He was fantastic, and he’s made a mark in that weight category. He was a fantastic cruiserweight. He did everything you could ask for.
“He’s come up a weight and fought Chase Witherspoon, did seven rounds, and he fought Derek Chisora.
“So now that he’s there and comfortable, I don’t think he’s a natural heavyweight. I’m sure if he needs to, he can probably still make it to cruiserweight.
“But Anthony Joshua has to be the favorite for the fight. He’s the big guy, he’s huge, and he’s a big punter.
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“Having said that, if [Joshua] He doesn’t get rid of it, and if he’s still there after five or six rounds, then if he gets to the end of the fight…
“If he gets to round 12, I would like Usyak to make the decision because to get there, he has to outbox him.
“And he’s obviously a very smart operator, you know how he’s going to fight — he’s going to try and get in and under AJ’s jab.
“If you can do that, you can give him a lot of problems. I hope he doesn’t, because we want to fight big.”
22 of Joshua’s 24 career victories have come via knockout, although he has gone as deep as needed to secure a world title fight win over Andy Ruiz Jr. and Joseph Parker.
The 31-year-old has vowed to do what is necessary to win this weekend.
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He said in Saturday’s press conference, “I have always been a boxer, a boxer-fighter but there is no strategy other than winning.
“I will hurt someone or beat them until I win.
“I could have boxed on the front foot or the back foot but I just need to win.”
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