Anthony Joshua may soon find out that former cruiserweight Oleksandr Usyk “has enough strength to absorb and take blows,” says Michael Hunter.
Joshua’s IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles are at stake when he is challenged by Usyk live at the Sky Sports Box Office at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium next Saturday.
Usyk, an Olympic champion like Joshua, inflicted the only loss on points on Hunter before becoming the undisputed cruiserweight champion.
“He’s light-footed and defensive,” Hunter told Sky Sports about Usyk.
“It will be very difficult to actually win against Usyk in a certain way.
“Joshua will have a specific game plan and will have to follow it. It will be a very difficult task.”
“If he can do it? Give the man credit.
“Because that fighting style is the most difficult for him.”
Hunter has joined Usyk in the heavyweight division and insists that former cruiser weights still have strength: “Anyone in the 200 pound weight class is pretty much a heavyweight. We all hit hard.”
Hunter said of Usyk, “Although he doesn’t focus on hitting hard, he has enough strength to absorb and withstand blows.
“It builds up and it is taller than me, it has a certain length.
“He’s going to do exceptionally well. He hasn’t taken Ls and has had no trouble since turning pro.
“A lot of people say he didn’t do his best.
“He’ll have to do it against Joshua.
“He’s done it a couple of times, like the Olympics. He’s a class A boxer.
“Joshua is still learning on the job, gaining experience.
“There’s an element of surprise because we don’t know what kind of Joshua will come out.
“We know what kind of Usyk will come out, we just don’t know at what level.”
See Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk live at the Sky Sports Box Office on Saturday September 25th.