Anthony Joshua will be the spectator when the undisputed world heavyweight championship is contested between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk, and Joshua can already visualize who will come out victorious.
After months and months of negotiations, fallouts, and speculations, Fury and Usyk are finally set to lock horns on February 17th to crown the four-belt champion of the division. Fury’s WBC belt will be at stake against Usyk’s WBA, WBO and IBF titles.
The boxing community is split over who has the upper hand in the megafight. While many believe that it will be the “Gypsy King” being in his dominating self taking advantage of his sheer size over Usyk, the Ukrainian has many fans backing him for his stellar resume, especially with his two back-to-back wins over Joshua.
Anthony Joshua believes Usyk will edge out Fury
Joshua himself was in dialogue for the undisputed clash against Fury before Usyk dethroned him, and now seeing his former rival take on his compatriot, it’s a hard decision to forecast the winner but AJ does see Usyk having a slight edge over Fury.
“I don’t know,” Joshua told Boxing Social about predicting the winner. “I’ve fought Usyk. I think he’s a phenomenal fighter and I think he has a great team around him. You’re only as good as your team and he has a great team around him. After being in the ring with him and studying him, still studying him now, I think he’s the one to edge it.”
While Joshua has had his fair share of grudges and back-and-forth disparagements with Fury, its Usyk with whom he has shared the squared circle on two occasions- first in September 2021 when Joshua lost his titles to Usyk and then in the rematch in August 2022.
Despite losing on both outings, Joshua holds massive respect for “The Cat” and and gathering experience from their two fight saga, its Usyk whom Joshua sees becoming the undisputed champion.
“Probably because of his experiences, his ring generalship, and ring craft. I think he’s top-tier,” he added.