Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua 2: Usyk is 'the wrong fight' for AJ - Price

  • Tom Ward

Anthony Joshua has been warned that Oleksandr Usyk is ‘his boogeyman’ ahead of their rematch.

AJ, 32, returns to the ring when he faces Usyk for the second time this summer on August 20 at Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah Super Dome.

The British superstar lost to the Ukrainian at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last September in convincing fashion relinquishing his grip on the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles in the process.

Joshua quickly activated his rematch clause, but British former professional boxer David Price reckons the fight is a stylistic nightmare for his fellow countryman.

He told iFL TV: “I think Usyk is the wrong fight [for him].

“He’s like his boogeyman. I think he fights Usyk everyday of the week and he’ll lose every time because it’s styles that makes fights. It’s going to take something different and something unconventional to beat Usyk because he’s an Olympic style boxer.

“I’ve said this before so I might sound like a broken record but he’s an Olympic style, well-schooled textbook boxer. AJ is also a textbook boxer but Usyk has got a PHD in textbook boxing whereas AJ has got a masters type thing. Usyk is just the main man when it comes to that and he will read whatever AJ brings.

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“Bringing Garcia in might bring in the fighting dirty element and everything like that but has he got enough time to bring that roughhouse tactics in to where he can do it repeatedly while he’s getting caught on the way in because if he does go the aggressive route he will leave himself open and Usyk punches hard enough to knock him out I think because I think he hurt him in the first fight.

“I think there will be a lot more drama in this fight anyway because if Joshua does lose he will go out on his shield he won’t let it go to points he’ll go out on his shield. I had him to win the first fight, I thought he’d only have to clip Usyk and he’d wobble him and he can finish the shot AJ because he’s a great finisher, but Usyk is like the Matrix – he’s got something different that you don’t see that often.”

Usyk may be currently at the top of the tree right now, but Price believes British duo Tyson Fury and Joe Joyce are the two who can cause him the most problems out there.

He added: “Fury can do the dirty roughhouse tactics naturally, I think that’s just in him to do that.

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“He’s probably been getting shown that since he was a kid.

“You watch some of his early fights against Steve Cunningham. Now he was a novice pro at that point but he still had it in him to do that kind of thing. He’s crafty like that.

“It’s going to take something like that to beat Usyk because Usyk will not be used to that. Joe Joyce is another one that I think could cause Usyk problems because it’s just unexpected punches coming from angles non stop. They are the two that I’ve picked out that I think could do him.”

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