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Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk Tips - Joshua via KO

  • Main event scheduled at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Saturday night (22:00 BST)
  • Joshua defends his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight belts
  • Joshua has won his last two fights
  • Usyk is unbeaten in 18 fights with 13 KOs
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Anthony Joshua can successfully defend his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles in London.

Oleskandr Usyk is one of the most skilled boxers on the planet, but he is a natural cruiserweight, not a heavyweight. The Ukrainian lacks punching power and that means Joshua will be confident about taking a shot to land one.

The champion can get the job done here and he could do it in emphatic fashion with a stoppage. Joshua has rebounded from his shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr with back-to-back victories.

Joshua was on top of the world when he agreed to fight Ruiz Jr on short notice in his US debut in June 2019.

It proved to be a decision that backfired as he was dropped multiple times before the referee waved off the contest in the seventh round.

It was the biggest heavyweight upset in years but Joshua ‘righted that wrong’ six months later when he outclassed Ruiz Jr over 12 rounds in Saudi Arabia.

His plans for the first defence of his regained crowns was delayed by the pandemic.

Joshua did return to the ring in 2020 though, successfully stopping Kubrat Pulev in the ninth round at Wembley Arena.

That victory took Joshua’s professional record to 24-1, with 22 of those victories coming via knockout.

Usyk established himself as the undisputed king of the cruiserweights before moving up to heavyweight.

Usyk unified the cruiserweight division as he successfully navigated the World Boxing Super Series in 2017-2018.

He stopped Marco Huck in the 10th round before earning a majority decision win over Mairis Briedis in the semi-finals.

Usyk then claimed the Ali Trophy and all of the cruiserweight world titles by besting Murat Gassiev over 12 rounds in the final.

The Ukrainian then made one more outing at cruiserweight, stopping Tony Bellew in round eight, before moving up to heavyweight.

Usyrk forced a washed up Chazz Witherspoon to retire on his stool after the seventh round in his heavyweight debut.

He then got the better of British journeyman Derek Chisora over 12 rounds.

Usyk now boasts a perfect 18-0 professional record, with 13 of his victories coming via knockout. None of those KO wins have come at heavyweight though.

Verdict

Usyk is a very talented southpaw who could pose problems early, but Joshua should take control as the fight wears on.

The challenger lacks the punching power to trouble Joshua, so he could walk through what the Ukrainian throws at him en route to a stoppage win.
Best Bet: Anthony Joshua Winner @-277.78 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Joshua by KO Method of Victory @100 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit
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