Oleksandr Uysk a ‘natural heavyweight’ following dramatic body transformation for Anthony Joshua clash

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OLEKSANDR UYSK is a fully-fledged heavyweight after packing on the kilos for his eagerly-anticipated clash with Anthony Joshua.

The undefeated Ukrainian will downside AJ for the unified heavyweight titles a week on Saturday on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Oleksandr Usyk will downside Anthony Joshua for the unified heavyweight titles subsequent week
The former cruiserweight king has beefed up for his crack at heavyweight gold
The former cruiserweight king has beefed up for his crack at heavyweight gold
And the Olympian's promoter Alexander Krassuyk reckons he's a full-fledged heavyweight
And the Olympian’s promoter Alexander Krassuyk reckons he is a full-fledged heavyweightCredit: GETTY

Usyk, 34, underwent a rigorous weight-lifting programme forward of his debut contained in the division in October 2019 and has positioned on additional muscle forward of the Tottenham tussle.

And the sooner undisputed cruiserweight champ’s promoter – Alexander Krassuyk – reckons he is higher than prepared to combine it with the division’s giant boys.

In an interview with ESPN, Krassuyk acknowledged of his countryman: “He has been working arduous.

“Building his body for the heavyweight division, and he’s a true heavyweight now.

“No one can say he is a cruiserweight fighting as a heavyweight like Chris Byrd was. Oleksandr is a natural heavyweight now.”

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has been impressed by Usyk’s transformation however is adamant he’ll not at all be a ‘exact heavyweight’.

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The Matchroom Boxing chief acknowledged of the slick southpaw: “I think about that Usyk is not going to ever be a fully-fledged heavyweight – a exact heavyweight by way of dimension.

“What he’ll all the time have is a large quantity of experience.

“It takes time for individuals to mattress into heavyweight, so put it this vogue, it’ll’ve been a lot simpler battle for AJ a year-and-a-half beforehand.

“Now Usyk has fought a exact heavyweight contender in Chisora, that may really assist him to begin to perceive what needs to be accomplished.

“But AJ’s a different kind of beast. A good big guy will always beat a good small guy, so we’ll see.”

Joshua is anticipating a extremely efficient downside from the fleet-footed Usyk and is relishing the tactical showdown alongside collectively along with his fellow Olympic gold medallist.

He instructed the BBC: “On paper, he sits quantity two, behind Wladimir Klitschko.

“They’re very absolutely completely totally different technically, however on paper, he’s an Olympic gold medallist, he reigned for over 10 years, he’s essential.

“But Usyk is number two because of his success at cruiserweight and then his success so far at heavyweight.”

“One of his strengths is that he’s getting contained in the ring with me.

“I’ve got to give him credit for that, it’s going to be tough.”


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