Oleksandr Usyk is a “critical risk” to Anthony Joshua and can punch exhausting sufficient to “do injury” to Britain’s unified champion, says coach Peter Fury.
The Ukrainian star is about to be confirmed as the subsequent challenger for Joshua, who is anticipated to defend his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25.
Usyk has stepped up a division, having unified all of the world cruiserweight titles, and has been packing on extra dimension and power since his factors win over Derek Chisora in October.
“He is [Usyk] very harmful,” mentioned Peter Fury, who guided Tyson Fury to a world heavyweight title triumph in 2015.
“It is not a stroll within the park. Neglect cruiserweight. This man, he is had a few fights within the heavyweight division, he is adjusted, he is put the mandatory weight on.
“He is a critical heavyweight and a critical expertise, so it will likely be a superb combat.”
Each fighters excelled on the highest degree within the newbie ranks as Joshua claimed super-heavyweight gold on the London 2012 Video games, whereas Usyk was the heavyweight champion on the identical Olympics.
Fury believes Usyk’s razor-sharp counter punches, together with an elusive southpaw model, will pose issues for Joshua.
“Sure, after all he has [enough power to gain Joshua’s respect],” he instructed Sky Sports activities.
“He is an correct puncher and anyone within the combat commerce is aware of if you’re in that physique weight bracket, if you’re punching accurately, any punchers can do injury.
“Sure, he belongs within the division and he is a critical risk. It is a critical combat. Full credit score to Joshua for taking that combat.
“I believe it should in the end be a battle of abilities, as a result of you may’t run into hazard. It is a combat that I am trying ahead to see. It is an amazing combat, a superb match-up.”
Usyk again with mastermind coach
Anatoly Lomachenko, father of pound-for-pound star Vasiliy Lomachenko, shall be overseeing Usyk’s preparations for Joshua.
The return of Usyk’s previous newbie coach was confirmed by promoter Bob Arum final month.
Arum instructed Sky Sports activities: “Egis Klimas, who’s the supervisor of each [Usyk and Lomachenko], I speak with him and he has talked with the daddy of Lomachenko, who he calls ‘Papa Lomachenko’ who was the coach of all these Ukrainian Olympians and he is agreed to correctly practice Usyk for this combat.
“I am telling you, ‘Do not suppose that Joshua is in a cake stroll. He has a very robust combat with Usyk, who’s a terrific boxer.’
“His father would not practice anybody else, however he’ll practice Usyk, as a result of Usyk is like household.”
Lomachenko has given his backing to Usyk, telling Sky Sports activities: “After all I consider he can win.
“He has a really massive likelihood but it surely will not be simple as a result of Joshua additionally is aware of what he should do within the ring.
“Joshua additionally is aware of boxing, he has additionally had newbie expertise.
Requested about Joshua’s significantly greater and heavier body, he replied: “However Oleksandr is way quicker.
“It is going to be a combat between kinds.”