Anthony Joshua names the heavyweight match he believes Oleksandr Usyk should have lost: “He was more lucky than he was strong”

Anthony Joshua, having faced Oleksandr Usyk in the ring for a total of 24 rounds and suffering two points decision losses, recently shared his thoughts on both his past opponent and his upcoming challenger, Daniel Dubois.

Joshua first faced Usyk in 2021, putting his unified titles on the line, but was unable to secure a victory. A year later, in their rematch, he again failed to reclaim his titles from the Ukrainian boxing maestro. Since then, Usyk successfully defended his titles against Daniel Dubois, who is now set to face Joshua.

In an interview with Box Nation, Joshua praised Dubois’ performance against Usyk, describing it as “phenomenal.”

“Phenomenal performance against one of the best of our generation,” Joshua said. “He did really well to go up against him and push Oleksandr Usyk in certain ways. Usyk is a good opponent.”

Joshua analyzed Dubois’ struggle with Usyk’s southpaw stance, noting that it limited Dubois’ ability to utilize his primary weapons effectively.

“I think where Daniel struggled is he was southpaw and he couldn’t get his jab off, which is one of his main weapons, and his right hand off,” Joshua explained. “A southpaw, they’re a bit further back because the stance is different. You have to kind of counter with the right hand and Daniel couldn’t get his main weapons off.”

Usyk ultimately won the bout against Dubois by stoppage in the ninth round, maintaining control for most of the fight. However, Dubois had a notable moment in the fifth round when he landed a significant body shot that dropped the champion.

As Joshua prepares to face Dubois, his insights into their respective bouts with Usyk provide a deeper understanding of the challenges and strategies involved. Fans are eager to see how Joshua will apply this knowledge in his upcoming fight against Dubois, and whether he can overcome the hurdles that Usyk’s southpaw stance presented to both fighters.

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