Oleksandr Usyk broke character from his typical kooky self to send a very serious warning to Anthony Joshua ahead of fight night. Usyk revealed that he intends to walk into the middle of the ring and look for the stoppage when the pair collide later tonight.
‘The Cat’ will have gained confidence having wobbled ‘AJ’ in the final portions of the twelfth round in their inaugural contest. Joshua appeared to be momentarily dazed after eating a flurry of punches from the Ukrainian in the last fifteen seconds.
Fighting exhaustion, he slumped into the ropes as Usyk unloaded at will, but survived to see the final bell.
“I am going to walk into the middle of the ring and look for the stoppage,” Usyk told Boxing Scene. “Exactly that, that’s the way it is going to be. Frankly, I don’t care much about what he does. It’s up to him to decide what to learn, what to study, how to behave.
“Instagram, TikTok, all those social media, they are to make people stupid. They don’t want to read books, history, or literature. They don’t want to fill their brains with knowledge that’s going to be useful for them.”
Clearly, Usyk is entirely focused on his own approach and rightly so. The former undisputed cruiserweight champion put on a fine display in their first contest back in September as he snatched the WBA (super), IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles from Joshua in his own back garden.
Now on neutral ground, the pair square off for a second time at the King Abdullah Sport City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia live on Sky Sports Box Office. Alongside the major world titles which were on the line last time out, the lineal strap (Ring Magazine belt) has been added to the prize pool after Tyson Fury vacated the crown following his recent re-retirement.