Anthony Joshua will only defeat Oleksandr Usyk if he knocks the undefeated Ukrainian out, according to Michael Hunter, a former opponent of Usyk.
Michael Hunter, believes Anthony Joshua is not skilled enough to edge a decision against the undefeated Ukrainian and can only win if he knocks Usyk out.
Hunter faced Usyk back in 2017 and while the American performed well in the early rounds of the bout, Usyk proved to be too much in the later stages and was victorious via decision. The loss remains the only blemish on Hunter’s otherwise stellar record.
In a recent interview with IFL TV, Hunter was asked about how he expects his former opponent to perform against the unified heavyweight champion. It’s fair to say, he’s backing Usyk.
Usyk defeated Michael Hunter via unanimous decision back in 2017. Hunter hasn’t lost since
“I don’t think Anthony Joshua beats Usyk unless he knocks him out,” Hunter began.
“This is heavyweight boxing, so there’s always going to be knockouts.
“[Usyk] is strong enough and he’s an Olympian and all that. He has the accolades and attributes to do so.”
Joshua defeated Italy’s Roberto Cammarelle in the final at super-heavyweight while Usyk conquered a strong field to become the heavyweight champion.
Both Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk won gold medals at the 2012 Olympic Games