JOSHUA VS. USYK BRIZEL PREDICTIONS, PREVIEW SHOW, PRESSER, WEIGH-IN VIDEO & HOW TO WATCH!
London, UK (September 24th, 2021)– Anthony Joshua will put his IBF, WBA and WBO championships on the line against Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Saturday September 25 on DAZN.
Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) dominated and then floored IBF mandatory challenger, Kubrat Pulev, to score a ninth-round knockout at The SSE Arena, Wembley last time out in December 2020. Now ‘AJ’ returns to the capital for his fifth stadium fight looking to create more history as he faces his latest WBO Mandatory Challenger. In what is poised to be a huge fight between two Olympic Gold Medalists.
Ukrainian pound-for-pound star Usyk (18-0, 13 KOs) made the move to the heavyweight division after dominating at cruiserweight, ending his extraordinary spell at 200lbs as the undisputed king with a run of victories in his opponent’s backyard against Marco Huck, Mairis Briedis, Murat Gassiev and Tony Bellew. The 2012 Olympic Gold medallist began his assault on the heavyweight division by retiring Chazz Witherspoon in seven rounds in Chicago in October 2019 and continued his bid to become a two-weight world champion when he outpointed Derek Chisora over 12 rounds at the SSE last October.
Joshua vs. Usyk Betting Odds
Robert Brizel Predictions
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Tottenham, United Kingdom, televised by DAZN Sports on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 5PMET.
In the opening bout, 4-0 Polish southpaw prospect Daniel Lapin, Wroclaw, Poland, a technical style fighter, is predicted to win by six round decision over Polish trialhorse 4-7 Pawel Martyniuk, Warsaw, Poland. It will be Lapin’s five consecutive win by decision.
In the second bout, 3-0 lightweight Campbell Hatton, Hyde, Cheshire, United Kingdom, son of former World Light Welterweight and Welterweight world champion Ricky Hatton, is predicted by win by six round split decision over 2-4 Sonni Martinez, Montevideo, Uruguay.
In the third bout, 21-1 middleweight contender Khasan Baysangurov, Samashki, Russian Federation, is predicted to win by seventh round stoppage over 12-0 middleweight prospect Christopher Ousley, Chicago, Illinois, Ousley is untested, has not won a bout in two years. His last bout in May 2021 ended in a four round no contest due to a low blow thrown. Ousley would have to do a great deal of work to do the distance here, but it’s unlikely. The vacant World Boxing Association Inter-Continental Middleweight title will be at stake.
In bout number four, 19-0-Ukranian Italian Maxim Prodan of Milan, Italy, is predicted to retain his International Boxing Federation Welterweight title by eighth round knockout over 8-0-1 Albanian Florian Marku, fighting out of London, United Kingdom. Prodan has more experience.
In bout five, 27-1 former World Boxing Association World Super Middleweight champion Callum Smith, in his first bout since losing his titles by 12 round decision to Saul Canelo Alvarez, will move up to light heavyweight, and is predicted to win by 10 round decision over 21-3-1 light heavyweight contender Lenin Castillo of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Castillo will not go quietly. This could be a wild war, or a spectacular technical bout, while it lasts. It should go the distance, as Smith has no experience at the higher weight. Smith is still better off at 168, but with Canelo taking over the super middleweight division, Smith has nothing to lose by moving up in weight class.
In the preliminary bout to the main event, 16-0 World Boxing Organisation World Cruiserweight champion Lawrence Okolie, Hackney, London, United Kingdom, is predicted to win by knockout between rounds six and nine over 15-0 Montenegro challenger Dilan Prasovic. Could be interesting. Prasovic is an unknown outside of Montenegro, but does hold a ninth round stoppage of 19-0 Eden Puhalo.
In the main event, 24-1 World Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua of Watford, United kingdom, is predicted to win by tenth or eleventh round stoppage over 18-0 Ukrainian former World Cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, Oxnard, California. Usyk will prove a stubborn foe, but he lacks the power and punch of the higher division. An upset is unlikely unless Joshua gets very careless, like he did in his first bout with Andy Ruiz.
At 6’6″, Joshua towers over the 6’3″ southpaw Usyk. Joshua has a four inches reach advantage. Usyk would have to surpass Rocky Marciano’s ability to get inside and take the fight to Joshua, such as Marciano did against Joe Louis and Jersey Joe Walcott (the first bout). Even if it is a cautious technical bout fought by Joshua, which would give him the win by clear 12 round decision as the other possible outcome, Joshua would get seven or eight rounds on the cards. Usyk is a more talented cruiserweight champion than Tomas Adamek, but not good enough to beat Joshua. Still, Joshua is a better opportunity for Usyk than Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury, who have too much power. Usyk is really out of his league here, but could go the distance if Joshua does not take any chances. Usyk is a talented technical fighter, but not a natural heavyweight. He would have to overpower Joshua to win. Usyk should try the 200 to 220 pound WBC Bridgerweight division instead. Usyk is moving up to heavyweight as all cruiserweights do, for the money.
Usyk is just not a natural heavyweight. It does not mean to say light heavyweights and cruiserweights cannot move up to heavyweight. Usyk is just not a natural heavyweight. The bout could end early if it proves a mismatch, but should stretch into the later rounds, given Joshua will be cautious with an unbeaten cruiserweight champion. Usyk just does not pack a power punch, and could get knocked out by Joshua the same way Joshua knocked out Kubrat Pulev.
JOSHUA VS. USYK WEIGHTS
10 x 3 mins vacant WBA Inter-Continental Middleweight title
CHRIS OUSLEY 11st 6lbs v KHASAN BAYSANGUROV 11st 5lbs 8oz
(Chicago, Illinois, USA) (Grozny, Chechen Republic, Russia)
From 6pm live on DAZN
10 x 3 mins IBF International Welterweight title
MAXIM PRODAN 10st 6lbs 12oz vs. FLORIAN MARKU 10st 6lbs 9oz
(Milan, Italy) (London, England)
10 x 3 mins Light-Heavyweight contest
CALLUM SMITH 12st 7lbs vs. LENIN CASTILLO 12st 7lbs
(Liverpool, England) (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)
6 x 3 mins Lightweight contest
CAMPBELL HATTON 9st 10lbs 12oz vs. IZAN DURA 9st 10lbs
(Manchester, England) (Montevideo, Uruguay)
12 x 3 mins WBO World Cruiserweight title
LAWRENCE OKOLIE 14st 3lbs vs. DILAN PRASOVIC 14st 4lbs
(London, England) (Kotor, Montenegro)
12 x 3 mins WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO World Heavyweight titles
ANTHONY JOSHUA 17st 2lbs vs. OLEKSANDR USYK 15st 11lbs 4oz
(Watford, England) (Kiev, Ukraine)
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