On Saturday, Anthony Joshua expects a “12-round war” with Oleksandr Usyk in their crucial rematch. AJ sees the champion has bulked up, but thinks that’s only to absorb punishment and he warns the Ukrainian that it won’t be enough. “If you’re a puncher, punchers aren’t made, they’re born”. He then added: “I can’t speak on what his game plan is or why he’s done it. They know why. I want it to work for him because I want a good fight. I want to put on a good show.”
Usyk brought an element of mischief to Wednesday’s press conference at the Shangri La hotel in Jeddah. He made Joshua wait for his arrival, scribbled notes as the other participants spoke and made sure he had the final word. Usyk served as a military volunteer in Kiev before electing to represent his homeland in this global event. He remains inspired by the struggle in Ukraine. The champion came to the last media event before Friday’s weigh in dressed in traditional Ukrainian clothing, the outfit of a Cossack warrior.
“I get my motivation from my people, from my country, from my family, from the Lord, from my faith.” He expanded too on the essence of competition that is fuelling him for this fight. “The sun goes up, we get up. The deer is running and the tiger is chasing it. If it wants to live, it has to run away from the tiger. If he wants to live he has to catch it to eat,” Usyk said. If what he is saying is anything to go by, Usyk intends to compete ferociously hard on Saturday night as his motivation for this rematch, a fight that will be crucial for the future direction of his career, can’t be doubted.
Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua Fight Information
- Date: 08/20/2022
- Time: 05:30 PM ET
- Location: KASC Sports Hall, Jeddah, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
- How to Watch Usyk vs Joshua: ESPN
- Live Stream: sho.com
Usyk vs Joshua Betting Lines
Joshua is +170 according to our Vegas Boxing Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $170. On the other side, Usyk is –210 according to the Vegas Boxing Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $47.62.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines has Joshua at a 37.04% chance of winning the game, meanwhile, Usyk has 67.74% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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