Former WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder has said that Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk will ‘easily’ beat Anthony Joshua in their world heavyweight title rematch on Saturday night.
Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk will go head-to-head for a second time this weekend after AJ lost his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belts in an unanimous points decision at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in September last year.
The Bronze Bomber has backed Usyk to beat Joshua again – despite the fact AJ has freshened up his training team, parting company with former coach Robert McCracken and joining forces with new esteemed cornerman Robert Garcia.
“My heart says Usyk – easily. He’s got the momentum now, and how he was able to do it the last time around. Wilder said on a podcatsr hosted by PBC Podcast hosted by Kenneth Bouhairie and Michael Rosenthal.
“But this is boxing, and you just never know how it’s going to pan out. I wish them the best of luck and hope they get out of the ring just like they came in – safe and sound.”
Speaking to FightHype he said: “Usyk just looks more confident than ever now and when you look at Joshua he just looks like a different man.
“He looks more broken or something, maybe it’s him getting used to not having the titles and now the tables have turned.
“Because sometimes you have something for so long and the tables turn you’ve got a chance to get used to that when you were used to something else.” He concluded.
Wilder has not stepped foot back in the ring after suffering two brutal defeats to WBC champion Tyson Fury. However, Wilder will return to the canvas to face Robert Helenius in New York on October 15 this year.
He is hoping a victory over the Finnish boxer will clear the pathway for him to face the winner of AJ and Usyk’s rematch.