Joshua: Usyk is a ’perfect’ fighter


It doesn't matter who I fight, I train for every fight the same so the short notice doesn't change anything drastically in terms of our preparation.

Former champion Bellew faces the undisputed world cruiserweight king on Saturday hoping to upset the odds at the Manchester Arena, England.

I was about 95 per cent sure I was going to retire, and I think he is too, so it will get you through the camp better, said Froch.

"To get the best out of them, they have to make the opponent adjust to you". We had to bring forward the last spar and start an earlier weight cut but I'm more than ready to go.

The heavyweight star admits Usyk should be the bookmakers' favourite but is refusing to rule out fans' favourite Bellew.

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The one thing you need to know with Tony Bellew is he doesn't look great aesthetically, but somehow, he finds a way to win.

Burns won his 50th fight as a professional in June, stopping Croat Ivan Njegac after four rounds and returns to the scene of his October 2017 points loss to Anthony Crolla determined to prove he has plenty left in the tank.

Bellew is a huge underdog against Usyk. "If he does, you're in for the best night of fighting ever".

But while Sky have reminded us a countless amount of times that writing Bellew off will be at your own peril, it is that slogan that really reminds us just how deep Bellew is in with the Ukrainian.

I don't want to say it will be his last fight, because he probably will have to defend them then, that would be unbelievable. With Haye, I just wound him up a bit and he dug himself a hole before our first fight, although he didn't speak much before the rematch. But Tony will be going into this fight with confidence, he riding high off his recent victories and he's going to feel invincible stepping into the ring. That's the reason I didn't struggle with David Haye's speed and David Haye is much quicker than Oleksandr Usyk with one punch, and much, much, more destructive with the way he hits. But I will get to him. He's got to fight until the last second of the last round, and put the pressure on him late.