Anthony Joshua is giving himself the best chance of defeating Oleksandr Usyk on September 25.
The WBO, IBO, WBA (super) and IBF heavyweight world champion takes on the former undisputed cruiserweight champion at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium next Saturday and he’s put himself in phenomenal form.
AJ still keeps himself in good shape, but it looks like he’s lost some weight and gotten thinner so he can last with Usyk’s smaller man.
Judging by these latest Instagram photos, Joshua has retained a sizable advantage but is definitely skinnier. This should definitely help his cardio.
The 31-year-old has always been proud of his work in the gym and conditioning, but he seems to work smarter as he gets older.
If Joshua can get past Usyk, all eyes will be on Tyson Fury against Deontay Wilder on October 9.
If The Gypsy King emerges victorious from the trilogy with the Bronze Bomber, the undisputed title fight we thought we had this year could resume in 2022.
However, Fury promoter Frank Warren believes that if Joshua and Usyk go the distance, the Ukrainian will be the winner.
“He proved it at cruiserweight,” Warren said.
“He was fantastic and he made his mark in this weight division. He was a superb cruiserweight.
“He did everything you could ask for. He put on a weight and fought Chazz Witherspoon, did seven rounds and he fought Derek Chisora.
“So now that he is [Usyk] is up there and comfy, I don’t think he’s a natural heavyweight.
“I bet you if he still needed it he could probably still cruiserweight.” Who knows?
“But Anthony Joshua has to be the favorite for the fight. He’s the biggest, much bigger, and he’s a bigger puncher.
“That said, if he [Joshua] doesn’t get rid of him, and if he’s still there after five or six rounds, then it happens at the end of the fight, if it lasts 12 rounds, I would like Usyk to make the decision because to make it happen, he’s going to have to send it.