Many Nigerians will easily remember the Ukraine boxing brothers- Vitali and Wladamir Klitschko – the latter of which was stopped by Joshua in an 11-round thriller back in 2017.
He had in 2012 defeated Nigeria’s Samuel Peters to end his short-lived tenure as World Heavyweight champions.
In the Saturday bout of Joshua and Usyk, Vitali believes his compatriot is in for the toughest test of his career, insisting his chances of success will come down to his pre-fight strategy.
‘This will be the most difficult match in Usyk’s sports career,’ he told Metaratings.ru. ‘Oleksandr has never met a boxer of this level.
‘(Usyk’s) chances? It all depends on him – on how correct the strategy and tactics will be. How much Oleksandr will be able to impose his fight formula on Joshua and prevent his opponent from using his height and weight advantage.
‘Joshua is taller than Usyk and will try to counterattack, also taking advantage of his arm length and powerful right hand.’
Wladamir, who has a relationship with both fighters, expressed his excitement ahead of the event but chose to sit on the fence.
‘Exciting matchup, Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk fight,’ he Tweeted. ‘Looking forward to a war amongst champions!! Makes me so excited.’