Joshua: Usyk is a ’perfect’ fighter

Anthony Joshua says Oleksandr Usyk should be the favourite against Tony Bellew

Anthony Joshua sees Oleksandr Usyk as the "perfect boxer" but believes Tony Bellew's "dirty left hook" will give him a chance of upsetting the odds.

"The Bomber" has dropped back down to cruiserweight in order to face the undisputed world champion in Manchester on Saturday night.

He doesn't look that risky, but slowly and surely, he's breaking you down with those body shots, his angles make him a very awkward guy to fight and anybody that's shared the ring with him have said they just couldn't get to grips with him. I will care about Bellew yet on Saturday evening. He is a sneaky boxer as well but I do believe Usyk has the edge.

Tony Bellew holds "100 per cent" belief that he will triumph in the "ultimate" fight against Oleksandr Usyk, says promoter Eddie Hearn. Good look to Bellew we are rooting for you.

Bellew (30-2-1, 19 KOs), 35, has returned to cruiserweight after a brief reign as WBC titleholder in 2016, after which he stepped up to heavyweight to twice stop English rival and former WBA world heavyweight champion David Haye. So, Tony is yet to step in the ring with any monsters, whereas Usyk has.

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"He likes to talk a lot, as you already know". He finds your weaknesses and exploits them. I'm a huge underdog and no one expects anything from me. I think it goes down as the greatest win, from a British fighter, of all time. But only for this moment, I am not thinking about anything. He is a southpaw and like me, he can box.

Have you worked on changing your image in recent years?

They've got nothing to offer me. He simply missed out the cutting phase, boiling down to the weight, he knows how to get the best out of himself in the cruiserweight division.

"That makes you train harder, because you think 'I'm not going to do this again, so let's have a good one'". He's fought at 175lbs for most of his career and he's a very experienced fighter. If he does win, I can fight him up at cruiserweight and beat him as a cruiserweight for the titles.

Usyk is very, very risky, he's on a roll and he's in his peak. Just as the fight is billed - he who dares. Has he faced a man that can match him for speed because I can match him for speed.

Stevenson was the last fighter to pull off a victory over Bellew, when he stopped him in six rounds back in 2013 at 175-pounds. Make him try and counter, and then counter that.

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