In two weeks, the world’s best heavyweights Anthony Joshua (31) and Tyson Fury (33) must each win their battle for the long-awaited “monster settlement” to become a reality. It will not be easy.
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“There will be some very exciting fights, and I think they are wide open,” former professional boxer and boxing commentator Thomas Hansvoll tells VG.
He emphasizes that in recent years there has been a heavyweight division with a completely different breadth and emotion than six or seven years ago.
– Finally, the big profiles are back in the heavyweight category. That’s really what I think it should be. These are the biggest guys and the most interesting parties, thinks Hansvoll.
At the top of the historically most popular weight class, it’s denser than in a long time. Joshua will meet Oleksandr Usyk in London on Saturday and Fury will meet Wilder for the third time in a couple of weeks.
Also, profiles like Andy Ruiz, Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker are completely in the crust of water.
Heavyweight mayhem: the giant fight between Joshua and Fury in peril
– I doubt Usyk can beat Joshua by knockout, but he’s so technically good and strong that he can take this on points, even if Joshua is boxing at home, believes Hansvoll.
On Saturday night, London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will be packed with boxing fans, with most of them supporting Joshua.
– Joshua has his weaknesses, but I absolutely think he takes this fight seriously, adds Hansvoll.
Joshua grew up in Watford, won Olympic gold at super heavyweight at home in London in 2012 and has since had an impressive professional career that has secured him three of the top four World Cup heavyweight titles.
It is true that he lost them by one. surprising knockout loss to American Andy Ruiz in 2019, but I got them back six months later. In December of last year, he knocked out Kubrat Pulev., and now the Ukrainian Usyk is in the opposite corner.
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Usyk also won Olympic gold in London nine years ago, at heavyweight. Since then he has had a great professional career, undefeated in 18 games.
The first 16 battles were at cruiserweight. When he had cleared the table and secured all the World Cup titles, and defended them against Tony Bellew in November 2018, he moved up to heavyweight.
Corona’s epidemic has contributed to just two games, but he scored a decent points win against Dereck Chisora in October of last year, and Usyk is fully capable of creating major problems for Joshua.
Meet for the third time
Regardless of the outcome of the big game in London, there is great excitement associated with the deal in Las Vegas on October 9, the night of October 10, Norwegian time.
Tyson Fury has the fourth belt, which Joshua does not have in his collection, and in addition to the WBC title, the so-called “linear” title is at stake. Is The Heavyweight Champion Series dates back to the 19th century. independent of belts.
Fury secured it when he beat Vladimir Klitschko in 2015, and the 33-year-old nicknamed “The Gypsy King” has yet to lose a professional boxing match.
It is true that I was very close when He was knocked down twice by American Deontay Wilder in the first meeting between the two in 2018. Unbelievably, the 206cm tall Briton stood up and the deal ended in a draw.
In the second leg against Wilder in February last year Fury was by far the best and won by TKO in the seventh round..
Everything was in place for a highly anticipated match between the two Brits Fury and Joshua, and the agreement was supposedly signedWhen the team around Wilder won, there had to be a third matchup against Fury.
– Both Usyk and Wilder can “spoil” the match that everyone is talking about. Fury was impressive against Wilder last time, but the latter must have learned from that and have a different approach now. Wilder has an impact that everyone should take care of, believes Hansvoll.
P.S.! This weekend’s match between Joshua and Usyk will air on the DAZN streaming service.