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“There are advantages of being the smaller guy too. Maybe speed, maybe legs, but AJ has legs too.”
A product of the same Ukrainian amateur team that produced multi-division champion Vasiliy Lomachenko, Usyk is very much the "Lomachenko" of the upper weight classes. His footwork, timing and vast array of punches from different angles have made him legitimate enough of a threat to the more robotic Joshua that Caesars Sportsbook has Usyk as just a +220 underdog.
After a long and decorated amateur career, Usyk turned pro at age 26 and quickly began in just his 10th pro fight an unmatched cleaning out of the cruiserweight division that featured seven straight victories against elite fighters Krzysztof Glowacki, Thabiso Mchunu, Michael Hunter, Marco Huck, Mairis Briedis, Murat Gassiev and Tony Bellew.
It is a fight that people didn’t know would happen initially due to the fact that Fury dominated Wilder in their second bout. Most of the fans were then hoping for Fury vs Anthony Joshua.
However, Joshua recently suffered an upset loss to Oleksandr Usyk which played a catalyst in giving Fury vs Wilder 3 a green signal. Now the fans have termed this fight as the battle between the two best heavyweights in the world.
“I think if destiny puts this fight in front of us most, yes, we’re going to do it,” Shevchenko told TMZ Sports.
“I’m kind of focused very much on my flyweight division and I just want to be better, better like fight and fight, and when (the trilogy) is going to happen, I am here.”
Fury, who won the WBC and The Ring magazine titles with his seventh-round technical knockout victory over Wilder in February 2020, is making his first defense of his belts. A judge in a United States court ruled Wilder was entitled to exercise his option for a third fight in September 2020, negating a potential unification bout with former WBA (super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titlist Anthony Joshua.
Wilder, who held the WBC title since January 2015, is coming off the first loss of his career. He previously drew against Fury in December 2018, scoring a pair of knockdowns while Fury appeared to win most of the rounds in the bout.
The winner of Saturday’s bout could face the current major titlist, Oleksandr Usyk, or Joshua in a potential unification fight in late 2022 or early 2023. The heavyweight division has not had an undisputed champion since Lennox Lewis, who defeated Evander Holyfield in November 1999 to unify the WBC, WBA and IBF titles.
We should be here for it, too. After all, Nunes is ranked No. 1 on the women’s pound-for-pound list to Shevchenko’s No. 2. And who fought the GOAT closer than Shevchenko?
She lost via unanimous decision to Nunes in their first clash back in March 5, 2016. Nunes got the best of “Bullet” in that fight at UFC 196, opening up the pay-per-view which had Nate Diaz making Conor McGregor tap out to a rear naked choke in the main event and Miesha Tate defeating Holly Holm to be crowned the new women’s bantamweight champion of the world in the co-main.
Usyk's cruiserweight run was not only impressive because he became just the fifth male boxer to unity all four titles in a single division during the modern era, he exited the division alongside Evander Holyfield in a debate for greatest of all-time at the weight class. He also completed a breakout campaign in 2018 by winning the World Boxing Super Series tournament.
Helenius and Kownacki are meeting in their own rematch. Helenius scored a major upset in their first meeting with a fourth-round knockout. He was brought into the fight to serve as an opponent to set up Kownacki for a championship opportunity but took advantage of Kownacki's reckless aggression to score the stoppage. The victory breathed new life into Helenius' career after being viewed as well past his prime before upsetting Kownacki in front of his home crowd.
With all that in mind, there are two ways the fight is likely to play out: either Kownacki remains reckless with his offense and Helenius is able to pick him apart once again or Kownacki buttons up his attack a bit and is more effective in hurting and finishing a much older opponent. The latter seems like the more likely option, but either way it feels like a stoppage is coming. The fight ending in under 6.5 rounds is -125 while under 7.5 rounds is -137. Give up a little bit to give your bet the extra three minutes.
The WBSS proved to be the perfect testing ground for Usyk's ambitious plans to one day test the water at heavyweight. He was paired up against back-to-back unbeaten sluggers in the final two rounds -- Briedis and Gassiev -- which tested everything from his chin and adaptability to his resolve and elusiveness.
Usyk passed every test possible at cruiserweight and appeared poised to make an immediate splash at heavyweight, but a series of bad luck and misfortunes left him with canceled fights, injury setbacks and potential opponents failing drug tests. Some 11 months after he retired Bellew in England, Usyk finally made his heavyweight debut in a ho-hum sleeper against overmatched late replacement Chazz Witherspoon.
Anybody who thinks this is a massive step down for Joshua doesn’t watch enough boxing. Aside from being one of only a handful of undisputed champions, Usyk is also an Olympic gold medalist with pristine boxing ability. This will be Usyk’s third fight at heavyweight after running through the cruiserweight division and the champion is, by far, his toughest test to date.
It’s rare that you get a fight between world champions and Olympic gold medalists so this is quite the challenge for both fighters.
Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder are going to face off in a huge third fight that has seen a dramatic buildup. Wilder once accused Fury of cheating in their second round and then repeating the accusations during the lead-up to the battle.
On the other side, Tyson Fury believes Deontay Wilder is the most dangerous fighter in the heavyweight division and would beat any rival. He says, “this fight is like clipping wires on an atomic bomb.”
Coverage of Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder 3 will begin with a preshow at 7 p.m. ET followed by the undercard at 7:30 p.m. ET. The pay-per-view main card is set to begin at 9 p.m. ET. Expect Fury and Wilder to make their ring walks for the main event between 11 p.m. and midnight.
Ajagba vs. Sanchez is an interesting fight. Both fighters enter the ring undefeated and with a prospect label. Sanchez is a Cuban fighter with a style that makes his background clear, with technique coming before power, though the power is there. Ajagba is a Texas-based Nigerian fighter who hasn't been perfect, despite his undefeated record. What Ajagba does have, however, is good power that has allowed him to overcome some mistakes, including when he suffered a knockdown against Iago Kiladze in a 2019 bout.
This is a big step up for both men and prospect vs. prospect fights can bring out many truths, for better or worse. The odds here on both men are intriguing without being wide enough to scare away a straight bet on a winner. Sanchez's technical prowess likely controls the fight and Ajagba has stumbled against worse fighters. Sanchez is +175 to win by stoppage and +220 to take a decision. A decision could be the better bet there if Sanchez decides to simply outbox Ajagba and avoid trading power. Still, the safe bet is to just make a play on Sanchez to win on the moneyline.
There are three heavyweight fights on the undercard of Fury vs. Wilder: Efe Ajagaba vs. Frank Sanchez; Robert Helenius vs. Adam Kownacki; and Jared Anderson vs. Vladimir Tereshkin.
The odds are a little wider than one would expect, especially considering that Joshua lost to Andy Ruiz, who was shorter and lacked the reach of Usyk. Sure, Usyk is moving up a weight class and will face a heavy-handed champion with a three-inch height and five-inch reach advantage, but Usyk’s boxing ability should have led to closer odds.
But the issue is that Usyk’s two fights as a heavyweight yielded underwhelming results. He dominated a shopworn Chazz Witherspoon in his 2019 heavyweight debut and looked slightly less than stellar against Derek Chisora last October. And although Usyk is taller with a longer reach than Ruiz, he lacks the power to give Joshua any considerable trouble.
And that’s going to be the biggest factor when these two square off. Can Usyk withstand the power of Joshua, who has an impressive knockout-to-win percentage of 92%, find a way to turn this into a true technical fight and do enough to earn the victory?
Luckily for Usyk, however, he was able to truly test himself within the division before getting his chance at a heavyweight world title. That matchup came last October against rugged veteran Dereck Chisora in a close decision win for Usyk that seemed to do two contrasting things at the same time: give fuel to those who doubted whether he could have the same success against physically tough heavyweights while proving his supporters right for believing that he could still win after doing so.
The reality is that Usyk's daring nature saw him willing to endure big shots in order to leave no doubt on the scorecards in the championship rounds. It was a performance similar to the one he had against Gassiev in their 2018 thriller that went far to cement Usyk as more than just a technical boxer and, instead, someone who can rise to the occasion and do the hard things required to win a big fight.
When their first fight resulted in a draw, Fury dominated Wilder while scoring a seventh-round stoppage in the rematch. The rematch also had the stipulation that the loser could initiate an immediate third fight, which Wilder did.
However, Tyson failed to battle due to getting Covid positive in the summer and then being busy with her wife’s labor.
Now, both the boxing titans are ready to pick blood and guts. Wilder is a wounded lion who has all the moves to take anyone down. And, Fury is a renowned beast who cannot be defeated given it is his day.
The obvious rebuttal to all of the success Usyk has had up to this point is that he has yet to face someone exactly like the hulking, 6-foot-6 Joshua -- a natural finisher with both hands who is built like an NFL linebacker and yet is quick enough to box on his toes. A quick comparison of the two would make it hard for a distant observer not to predict Joshua is simply too big and strong not to eventually catch Usyk. And that's exactly what "The Joker" would want you to think.
"I've learned how to condition my body for specific fights. I'm looking trim for this fight. I'm fighting a guy who is a 12-round fighter. So it would be silly of me to go in there bulky with my muscles screaming for oxygen. I've been training like a 15-round fighter in this camp. I will be well-conditioned to fight. That is key"
"I love throwback fighters," Joshua said after Thursday's final press conference. "I'm not a major historian because I spend a lot of time practicing. I don't really fight good fighters because I want people to respect me. It's not complicated. If you told me I was fighting King Kong, I would be there full. This is my job and honestly, it's a blessing. I love my work.
"I knew [Usyk would be the next opponent] about three or four months ago and I took the opportunity. Why would I be worried? As long as I can wake up the next day and be happy and blessed, what is there to worry about? It's about taking on personal challenges. I just happen to be in a position where people have interest in my job."
Like most boxing fans, Joshua would've preferred returning this summer against Fury, the WBC and lineal champion, to crown boxing's first undisputed heavyweight champion of the four-belt era. The two-fight deal was scrapped at the last minute, however, after Wilder filed a court injunction to enforce his contractually obligated rematch against Fury.
Usyk's subtle brilliance is most evident in how well he studies his opponent's patterns and setups early in a fight so he can pour it on late in the second half. Given Joshua's history of fatiguing for key stretches in the midst of big fights while carrying around all that muscle on his 245-pound frame, this could be a problem for the defending champion late provided Usyk gets there.
Joshua's history of having a vulnerable chin is also potentially worrisome in this matchup in the later rounds, as well. For whatever Usyk appears to lack in true heavyweight power, he makes up for in precision.
From the standpoint of marketability and bringing the most eyeballs to the sport for a single night, it would be hard to argue that the best thing to happen to the division would be a Fury-Joshua superfight in 2022. The only thing better than that would probably be an immediate rematch between the two, which seems likely given talks of a two-fight deal should both prove victorious over the next two weeks.
Enter Usyk, who on paper presents the type of challenge Joshua hasn't yet faced throughout a five-year reign as heavyweight champion that was briefly interrupted in 2019 by his upset TKO loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. (which Joshua avenged by decision six months later).
Although Usyk has won both of his heavyweight fights since moving up from cruiserweight, his close victory last fall over Chisora left critics wondering whether he can handle the power and size of an elite super heavyweight like Joshua.
Joshua dazzled in taking care of Pulev. He showed a good jab and used his power to blast through Pulev to earn his second consecutive after getting upset by Andy Ruiz Jr. in June 2019.
With Saturday's bout between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk, the heavyweight division starts down a path many hope ends with an undisputed heavyweight champion. Should things go according to plan, the winner of Joshua vs. Usyk will clash with the winner of the trilogy fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, scheduled for Oct. 9.
At long last, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will complete their trilogy Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Fury’s WBC heavyweight title is on the line when the main event begins around 11:30 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Fury vs. Wilder 3 odds and lines; check back for all of USA TODAY’s boxing picks and predictions.
The third installment of the trilogy was first scheduled for last summer but pushed back with Wilder still recovering from an injury. It was rescheduled for December but was again postponed with COVID-19 protocols limiting the capacity of the crowd.
The two heavyweights first met in Dec. 2018, with it resulting in a split decision at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The rematch occurred in Feb. 2020 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, with Fury winning via TKO. Neither combatant has fought since.
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