Oleksandr Usyk is in the final part of his preparation for another showdown against Anthony Joshua. The Ukrainian will defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) Heavyweight Super Championship and the IBF and WBO belts against the Briton on August 20 in Saudi Arabia in what will be a great battle of strategies.
Since before stepping into the ring, there has been much speculation about the changes Joshua could bring since he lost their last fight and, allegedly, is the one who needs to correct things the most. However, Usyk is not a fighter who settles and always seeks to improve and surprise in each of his fights.
Although he has not revealed too many details, there have been several photos and videos of the champion in which he is shown quite strong during his training. For this reason, many specialists wonder if this time he will move up to the heaviest weight of his career.
Usyk is a “small” heavyweight, having recently moved up from cruiserweight. In his previous fight against Joshua he scored 221.2 pounds, which has been the heaviest weight of his career, but he was at a disadvantage against the 240 pounds his opponent scored.
Although it worked for him to take the victory, it seems that this time he could increase the weight a little more, which would give a different perspective to the fight and sows a lot of uncertainty about what will happen.
The champion never settles and is never predictable, so his strategy will also play an important role even before stepping into the ring.