Can the king regain his crown? That is the poser the dethroned WBA (Super), WBO and IBF heavyweight titles holder, Anthony Joshua will have to answer as he faces Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk in a rematch.
According to boxing analyst and former super-middleweight world champion Carl Froch who writes for BBC Sport, the rematch is full of suspense.
The boxers are squaring it out in Saudi Arabia.
Can Joshua now become a three-time heavyweight world champion or will Usyk’s incredible unbeaten run continue?
“If Anthony Joshua loses his rematch to Oleksandr Usyk and it’s a bad defeat – a conclusive points loss or a heavy knockout – it could be the end for him. I just don’t see where he can go after back-to-back defeats.
“I wholeheartedly want him to win and I am not totally writing him off. He has all the physical attributes, he’s big enough and strong enough, but I have to be brutally honest and say I don’t think he will win”, Carl Froch wrote in a publication by BBC.
Continuing, the former boxer-turned analyst remarks: “If Usyk can land with the same power and accuracy as he did last time, I don’t think Joshua will hear the final bell.
“But the caveat is that this a two-horse race, anything can happen in boxing. Joshua is up against a smaller guy and has height and reach advantage.
“Usyk was perhaps the best cruiserweight ever, but is not a great heavyweight fighter… yet.”