Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk: Ukrainian has 'nothing to lose' ahead of fight

Oleksandr Usyk has 'nothing to lose' against Anthony Joshua

Oleksandr Usyk's promoter claims he has 'nothing to lose' heading into his historic clash with Anthony Joshua. 

Usyk, 35, will challenge Joshua for the unified heavyweight titles at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25.

It'll be his first bout since he fought Derek Chisora in October 2020. 

And while the prospect of fighting away from home may play on the minds of some, Usyk's promoter Alexander Krassyuk insists it will have no impact on the fight itself.

"It doesn’t help much - it’s just a matter of some psychological stress or psychological pressure that can take place," Krassyuk told MyBettingSites.

"AJ is fighting at home, he is the defending champion, he is the big star and a huge personality, so he has some responsibility to defend his status.

"Usyk has nothing to lose at all; even if he loses, he loses to the king.

"But if you want to become the king you have to dethrone the king, and that means facing the biggest challenges."

Oleksandr Usyk's promoter is adamant he has nothing to fear against Anthony Joshua

'AJ is the perfect opponent'

Usyk made the perfect start to his heavyweight career by stopping Chazz Witherspoon in October 2019, followed by a points victory over Chisora the following year.  

But he will face a formidable threat in the form of AJ, who has won two of his last three fights.

However, Krassuyk insists he has nothing to fear, as he claims this is exactly what champions are made of.  

"AJ is the perfect opponent because he is the biggest possible star at this stage," he explained.

"Fighting the biggest possible star with all of his skills and all of his experience gives you an opportunity to show how good you are.

"That leads to things that every fighter is looking for: fame, success, recognition, heritage, legacy, all things that a great fighter, not just a regular champion, is normally looking for."

Oleksandr Usyk will face Anthony Joshua at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25

'Fighting in a stadium is always something special'

K2 Boxing promoter Krassuyk also said they're expecting around 60,000 fans to be in attendance for Usyk's big fight with Joshua at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in north London. 

"It’s going to be sold out and full of magnetism, full of fire, full of emotions before the fight," he added.

"There might be some stress after the fight.

"Fighting in a stadium is always something special because when you have 60,000 in attendance it makes an extraordinary atmosphere.

"All the fans come together where they support their fighter, all the sounds, all the lights.

"In my 16 years in boxing I’ve visited many shows but only a few of them were in football stadiums and it’s always a very unforgettable experience to be a part of the fight."

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