Boxing News 30 September 2021

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in this issue

4 min
take your time

MORE prominent than the cuts and bruises on Oleksandr Usyk’s face, as he sat down in front of the media a little before 1am on Sunday morning, was a smugness that said one thing: I told you so. And he did. He told you, he told me, he told everyone. “I cannot lose to Anthony Joshua.” Reflecting on the bout now, it seems odd that so many picked against the Ukrainian southpaw. Hindsight can do that, particularly in a sport as wonderfully unpredictable as boxing. But perhaps the oddest thing of all is that Joshua himself thought he could beat Usyk at his own game. Joshua had boxed exclusively at range in just two of his previous 24 contests, yet convinced himself after one training camp of sparring southpaws - none…

3 min
‘the limelight will be back on me’

IT was very frustrating being out of the ring for so long. I had to stay motivated, and just focus on training and perfecting my craft with Angel Fernandez. We wanted to make sure we tick all the boxes in every area, mentally, physically, and we did. We know what we’re capable of. I’m blessed with a lot of power. Now we’re working on intelligence and boxing IQ so I’m looking forward to showcasing that. I’ve committed myself to this game and I understand what it takes and I want to do this to the best of my ability for however long I can do it for. I can do so much more. That’s what we’re working towards; fulfilling our potential. We want to get in there and be back out ASAP. Now we’ve…

2 min
hold your head up high, aj

I’VE not written in before, but the way the mainstream media outlets have built Anthony Joshua up over the last eight years, only to pull him and kick him while he’s down is appalling. I expect the odd swipe from ill-mannered fellow pros and rival promoters, but the journalists for the mainstream media are mearly adding spite to sell copies rather than taking it for what it was. The fact most analysed the fight completely wrong only adds insult to injury. Joshua faced a phenomenal boxer, with one of the best amateur and professional records in the history of the sport. Credit to him and his team for not vacating his belts, or leveraging his superstar status to avoid Usyk. He can hold his head up high and say he fought the…

2 min
should anthony joshua take the oleksandr usyk rematch next?

Frazer Clarke Tokyo Olympic medallist Yes. He’s done 12 rounds with Usyk, he lost the fight, there were some close rounds where Usyk’s ring generalship and his brain won the rounds. It’s a fight that’s in Joshua’s hands and he’s capable of winning if he gets it right. He’s got a level to go up but there’s also a level up that Usyk can go to. It’ll be a difficult fight. Michael Conlan London 2012 medallist Yes I think he should and I think he’s a great chance of beating him if he can use his natural advantages much better than he did in the fight. AJ is a huge man and around the fifth it looked like he found his range and used his size but lost that momentum pretty quick. If he can…

2 min
king oleksandr

1. ANTHONY JOSHUA Usyk, the ultimate road warrior, had no qualms going to London and challenging Joshua, the darling of British boxing, in front of 66,000 fans last weekend. He made the fight look easy and left with all Joshua had spent years collecting. 2. MURAT GASSIEV Usyk and Gassiev met in the final of the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight tournament in July 2018 and it didn’t take long for Usyk to assert his dominance and prove brains will always beat brawn when the battle occurs inside the ring. 3. MAIRIS BRIEDIS Arguably Usyk’s toughest fight to date, Briedis matched the great Ukrainian every step of the way in January 2018, trading with him toe-to-toe and narrowly falling short on the scorecards after 12 enthralling rounds. 4. KRZYSZTOF GLOWACKI Usyk met the undefeated Glowacki in September…

5 min
a fight week to remember

IT started at York Hall on Monday morning and ended on the streets of Tottenham very early on Sunday. It was a proper fight week of locations, lunacy, down-facing-dogs, kebabs, fight people from boxing’s ancient history and then a craftsman at work. It was a rare treat of a week. Underneath the constant rumble of a fight desperate to happen, I traipsed across the capital in six full days of searching. I stopped at venues, offices, hotel suites, studios, private rooms and a yoga parlour to speak to fight people on my way. George Groves joined me on Monday at York Hall, which is an odd venue when the ring has been removed. Groves now looks like a big, happy and healthy farmer. We stood on the balcony and he painted a joyous…