By The Numbers: Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua 2 top stats from first fight
By The Numbers: Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua 2 top stats from first fightDuring the first fight, Usyk landed 149 punches against Joshua, the most ever by an opponent of Joshua’s. He also connected on 29 punches in the final round, easily the most landed against Joshua ever in any round.
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The Brit has been a force of nature in the ring, but losses to Andy Ruiz Jr. and Oleksandr Usyk have put a dent in his quest for invincibility.
In the losses, Joshua has had time to reflect, giving him time to look to improve his game plan and mindset. On August 20, he plans to use what he has recently learned to take down the champion Usyk.
Joshua will face Usyk in Saudi Arabia for the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, and The Ring heavyweight titles. In the first fight between the two, Usyk landed the most shots any opponent has on Joshua. The southpaw style was too much for the former champion leading to the second time in his career that an opponent ended up being the better man on the night.
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How does Joshua, who had the weight of the world on his shoulders as champion, manage to stay focused and calm under the circumstances? He's chosen to look at history and the past champions who were able to get back to glory following a defeat.
“How many losses did Mike Tyson have? How many times has he been counted out on the floor? S--t happens in boxing,” Joshua told The Sporting News and a group of U.S. reporters before fight night.
“This is one of the greatest of all time. I’ve just got to keep on progressing. It’s annoying that I lost, but if you can’t get a strong head in this game, it will eat you up. Mike Tyson is my favorite athlete. I like to learn from him and how he came back from those losses.
“It’s hard to pick yourself back up… I got to go on a whole other level now. That’s the challenge: elevating yourself. Some people go to rock bottom and try to get themselves up to what they once were. Pushing myself to the next level, that’s been the challenge.”
Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua 2: Past boxers to be crowned three-time heavyweight champions as AJ chases history
If Anthony Joshua is able to avenge his defeat to Oleksandr Usyk he will join a special club in boxing history as a three-time heavyweight champion.The 32-year-old British heavyweight has not boxed since dropping a unanimous decision to the undefeated former undisputed cruiserweight champion, who took the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles from him in London last September.
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That challenge is the unbeaten Usyk, a former undisputed cruiserweight champion and Olympic Gold medalist. Usyk joined the heavyweight division in 2019 and won two fights before facing Joshua. Following the bout, he traveled back to Ukraine to fight against Russian aggression. Motivated now that he is back in the ring, Usyk is ready to prove he truly belongs in the heavyweight division.
And that the first fight was no fluke.
Leveling up sometimes means exiting your comfort zone and Joshua did just that. He left Rob McCracken, who led him to Olympic gold and heavyweight titles. McCracken was one of the main factors in Joshua’s rematch win against Andy Ruiz in Saudi Arabia in 2019. Joshua had to think long and hard about this decision, something he believes he was ready for, thanks to the words of wisdom of a former world champion.
"Lennox (Lewis) speaks some truth: You can’t take your school teacher to university,” Joshua went on to say. "But we did it, we conquered the world. At the same time, the world is busy as well.
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"After the Ruiz fight, I knew that I needed to make changes. I made the change with about a four-month turnaround. That’s including training camp and bringing in new coaches. I’ve completely changed my style. If you look back in 2019, you’ve probably seen that transition.
"I kind of have a thought process behind the madness. Over the years, the process was happening anyway, and now we are here."
Joshua now trains with Robert Garcia (34-3), a former IBF super-featherweight champion who has trained the likes of Nonito Donaire, Chris Algieri, Marcos Maidana, Victor Ortiz, and Jesse Rodriguez.
A Boxing Writers Association of America Trainer of the Year, Garcia is tasked with attempting to guide Joshua toward the promised land once again. Garcia has a track record of bringing out the aggressive side of fighters. That is something Joshua, who has 22 wins via knockout but last secured one in 2018 against Alexander Povetkin, is looking forward to working with him on.
"He doesn’t give too much praise,” Joshua stated regarding Garcia. “He's a taskmaster. I thought I was good. And then you watch the videos and see where your leaks are. We do a lot of film study. In heavyweight boxing, we pick punches with big guys. Walking up a flight of stairs takes energy. But he has me throwing a lot of punches.
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“You also have to think defensively. I always say that offense is defense and defense is offense. The more you throw, the more chance you have at winning in the ring. My shoulders and my body have to stay in rhythm. As heavyweights, it’s not just about power shots. You’ve got to set the shot up, something he tells me to do as well. I get in there to get set up and hurt my opponents. That’s what he brings to the table.”
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Will this change and the teachings of Garcia benefit Joshua, or is another Usyk domination inevitable?
How to watch Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua 2
- U.S., Canada, Australia: DAZN
- U.K.: Sky Sports Box Office
In most countries globally, including the U.S., Canada and Australia, the fight will be streamed on DAZN.
However, Sky Sports Box Office won the rights to the fight in Joshua's home territory (U.K.).
Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua 2 PPV price: How much does the card cost?
- DAZN monthly subscription: $19.99 in the U.S., $20 in Canada, $13.99 AUD
- DAZN annual subscription: $99.99 in the U.S., $150 in Canada
In the United States, Canada and Australia, and most territories globally, the fight will air on DAZN, but it will not be via PPV.
- Sky Sports Box Office: £26.95 in the U.K.
Fight fans in the UK will have to stump up £26.95, a £2 increase on the price Sky Sports set for AJ and Usyk's initial encounter.
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Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua 2 fight card
- Oleksandr Usyk (c) vs. Anthony Joshua for the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO, and The Ring heavyweight titles
- Filip Hrgovic vs Zhilei Zhang; IBF heavyweight title eliminator
- Callum Smith vs. Mathieu Bauderlique; WBC light-heavyweight title eliminator
- Badou Jack vs. Richard Rivera
- Tyrone Spong vs. Andrew Tabiti
- Ramla Ali vs. Crystal Garcia Nova
- Daniel Lapin vs. Jozef Jurko
- Ziyad Almaayouf vs. Jose Alatorre
- Money Kicks vs. Kyle Paevie
- Ben Whittaker vs. Peter Nosic
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The Middle East could play host again.Usyk and Anthony Joshua fought in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia last weekend, which was Joshua’s second fight in the Kingdom.