Anthony Joshua calls Oleksandr Usyk fight 'the perfect storm' as he gears up for Tottenham tussle with undefeated phenom

ANTHONY JOSHUA has dubbed his showdown with Oleksandr Usyk "the perfect storm" just days before their Tottenham tussle.

The Watford warrior will defend his unified heavyweight titles against the former undisputed cruiserweight king on Saturday night in a mouth-watering showdown at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The tantalising clash will be a battle of two London 2012 Olympic gold medallists, a little fact that has only served to juice up the contest.

Alongside a final trailer for the fight, Joshua wrote on Instagram: "The perfect storm."

The fleet-footed and undefeated Usyk won't be an easy task to overcome for the hard-hitting AJ, who believes The Cat will be the second-biggest challenge of his career.

He told the BBC: "On paper, he sits number two, behind Wladimir Klitschko.

“They’re very different technically, but on paper, he’s an Olympic gold medallist, he reigned for over 10 years, he’s number one.

“But Usyk is number two because of his success at cruiserweight and then his success so far at heavyweight.


“One of his strengths is that he’s getting in the ring with me.

"I’ve got to give him credit for that, it’s going to be tough."

Knockout artist Joshua has been tipped by many to be too much to handle for the undersized Usyk, with former heavyweight champ David Haye predicting he'll stop the fight with a jab.

AJ, however, hasn't thought too much about the fight-ending sequence, telling Sky Sports last month: "I was watching [Evander] Holyfield and [James] Quick Tillis today and he was saying how he was gonna come and bring war.

"And if he wins, he's gonna fight Tyson and rematch him. And he lost, I think it was in the fifth round.

The perfect storm.

"So it just shows whatever I say, whatever people say, it only matters when you're in the ring. I respect it, everyone is entitled.

"And that's what I was saying, one day, I'm gonna be that guy on the sidelines.

"But as for now, I wish Usyk a great camp, I wish his team well, safe travels. Same with my team.

"The main thing is we keep boxing alive and we get in there and we put on a good fight. And that's what we're here to do.

"And that's what I'm here to do, at the end of the day. And he's here to do the same.

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"But I don't know how it's going to end. I don't know if it's going to be the jab, the uppercut. Do you know what I mean?

"I don't know what shot it's going to be, [but] I just want to go out there and put on a good show for the people that are going to coming out to watch.

"Because that's all that matters at the end of the day."


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