Anthony Joshua warned over 'difficult' Oleksandr Usyk challenge

‘He has enough power to absorb and withstand punches’: Anthony Joshua warned by Michael Hunter that undefeated Oleksandr Usyk’s style of boxing is the most ‘difficult’ to overcome

  • Anthony Joshua defends his heavyweight titles against Oleksandr Usyk 
  • Michael Hunter suffered the only defeat of his career to date against Usyk
  • Hunter has warned Joshua that unbeaten Usyk’s style could prove ‘difficult’ 

Anthony Joshua has been warned about Oleksandr Usyk’s ‘difficult’ style of boxing ahead of their upcoming clash.

The British boxer’s IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles will be on the line when he faces the Ukrainian at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25.

Michael Hunter, who suffered his only career defeat to date against Usyk while fighting for the cruiserweight title, has said that the Ukrainian could prove to be a stern challenge for Joshua.

Anthony Joshua has been warned that Oleksandr Usyk’s style of boxing could prove ‘difficult’

The Ukrainian faces Joshua on September 25 and has not been defeated yet in his career

The American told Sky Sports: ‘It will be very difficult to actually get a win over Usyk in a certain fashion. 

‘Joshua will have to have a concrete game-plan and follow it. It will be a very hard task. 

‘If he pulls it off? Give the man credit. Because this style of fighting, for him, is the most difficult.’

American Michael Hunter was handed the only defeat of his pro career to Usyk back in 2017

Not long after Hunter’s unanimous decision defeat to Usyk in April 2017, the American moved up to the heavyweight division.

He was then joined by Usyk at the heavyweight level after the Ukrainian’s victory over Tony Bellew in November 2018.

Hunter says former cruiserweights such as himself and Usyk still possess plenty of power in their punches in the heavyweight division.

The 33-year-old said:  ‘Even though he doesn’t focus on hitting hard, he has enough power to absorb and withstand punches’  

Hunter has said that Joshua will need a ‘concrete game-plan’ to get the better of Usyk 

He added:  ‘A lot of people are saying he hasn’t performed to the best of his abilities. Against Joshua, he will have to.’

The fight against mandatory challenger Usyk comes after Joshua was originally set to face fellow Brit Tyson Fury.

The Gypsy King though was ordered to fight Deontay Wilder in a trilogy bout which will take place on October 9. 

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