Anthony Joshua is set to undergo a serious body transformation ahead of his upcoming bout against Oleksandr Usyk, currently set for September 25.
AJ, who is perhaps best-known for his strapping, muscle-bound physique, is set to face former cruiserweight king Usyk next month.
While Usyk is a sensational all-around boxer, his brilliant endurance and blistering speed are considered two of his key attributes.
In a recent interview with Sky Sports, Joshua discussed his preparation for the bout and claimed that, in order to deal with Usyk’s speed and stamina, he is hoping to shift some pounds and enter the contest lighter than ever before.
“I’ve learned how to condition my body for specific fights. I’m looking trim for this fight.
“I’m fighting a guy who is a 12-round fighter. So, it would be silly of me to go in there bulky with my muscles screaming for oxygen.
“I’ve been training like a 15-round fighter in this camp. I will be well-conditioned to fight. That is key.”
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While AJ has gone the distance just twice in his 25-fight professional career, Usyk has done so five times in 18 fights.
Most famously, in his 2018 clash with Murat Gassiev, Usyk landed over 100 punches in both the eleventh and twelfth rounds, stunning fans with his staggering output so late into the contest.
If AJ is to stand a chance at dealing with the Ukrainian’s astonishing endurance, then trimming down and shifting some pounds seems like a good idea.
Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is set to face Oleksandr Usyk on September 25 at the Tottenham Hotspur Arena on September 25.
Joshua will be desperate to defeat Usyk in order to set up an all-British unification bout with Tyson Fury or a blockbuster clash with Deontay Wilder next year.
On the other hand, the Ukrainian will look to continue his undefeated run as a professional boxer, become a two-weight world champion, and silence the London crowd.
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