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Deontay Wilder backs Oleksandr Usyk to beat Anthony Joshua in their rematch

Deontay Wilder has backed Oleksandr Usyk to defeat Anthony Joshua in their rematch at the Jeddah Super Dome on August 20.

Joshua will face Usyk for the second time this year, having lost his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles after a unanimous points decision before a sold-out crowd at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last September.

Wilder has backed Usyk to beat Joshua – despite AJ having refreshed his training team, parting ways with former coach Robert McCracken and joining forces with newly esteemed cornerman Robert Garcia.

Deontay Wilder Backed Oleksandr Usyk To Beat Anthony Joshua In Their Rematch

Deontay Wilder Backed Oleksandr Usyk To Beat Anthony Joshua In Their Rematch

Speak with Elie Seckbach during a video call with trainer Malik Scott, Wilder said, “I’m going with Usyk here man.

‘I’m going with Usyk. I think a lot of people are. It’s boxing after all, so we’ll see, but I think it’s Usyk.’

Wilder previously praised Usyk and said he was not even surprised that Ukrainian boxer Joshua quit during their fight in September 2021.

When asked if he was shocked by AJ’s decisive defeat, Wilder said: BT Sport: ‘I wasn’t at all, I wasn’t at all. Malik Scott always talks about Usyk and how skilled he is. Especially coming from cruiserweight.

Joshua faces Usyk for the second time this year after losing his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles in a unanimous points decision last September

Joshua faces Usyk for the second time this year after losing his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles in a unanimous points decision last September

Since then, AJ has refreshed his training team, parting ways with former coach Robert McCracken and joining forces with new esteemed cornerman Robert Garcia

Since then, AJ has refreshed his training team, parting ways with former coach Robert McCracken and joining forces with new esteemed cornerman Robert Garcia

“He definitely had his battle in the heavyweight division with Chazz Witherspoon and Derek Chisora. But styles argue and with Joshua he just had his number at the time.’

Tyson Fury shares the same view as Wilder, claiming that Usyk is “too smart and fast” for Joshua.

The gypsy king said, “Joshua can pack a big punch, of course, but I just think Usyk is too cute for him. Too smart, too fast and a left-hander.

‘And I think that’ [new coach] Robert Garcia trying to train him to be up front or whatever and be aggressive will only allow Usyk to land more often.

‘I just don’t see it, but then again, what do I know? Nothing about boxing. I’m heavyweight champion of the world, undefeated all that stuff.

Despite changing his coaching team, Wilder doesn't think AJ has what it takes to make Usyk .  defeat

Despite changing his coaching team, Wilder doesn’t think AJ has what it takes to make Usyk . defeat

Tyson Fury shares Wilder's opinion, claiming Usyk is 'too smart and fast' for AJ

Tyson Fury shares Wilder’s opinion, claiming Usyk is ‘too smart and fast’ for AJ

“Anyone can win a fight, as we have seen so many times and now is a good time to beat Usyk, isn’t it?

‘Because [his country] have been at war. Everything is in the air. If he was ever off his ball, now would be the time.

“But I just think Usyk is too good a boxer for AJ and I don’t think AJ has the ability to pressure him for 12 rounds, drag him into a dog fight and knock him out.

“You have to be a special elite human for that and I don’t think Joshua has the will to win to do that.

“He’s too easily happy to be second. If you want to be second willingly, say no more.’

Nevertheless, Joshua remains confident in his abilities, despite the fact that Usyk “broke his ass” during their first fight.

Joshua believes he has what it takes to overcome the Ukrainian boxer, despite admitting that Usyk 'broke his ass' during their final fight in 2021

Joshua believes he has what it takes to overcome the Ukrainian boxer, despite admitting that Usyk ‘broke his ass’ during their final fight in 2021

AJ said: “With Andy Ruiz I think a lot of people can see before the fight that things weren’t 100 percent.

“But you have to be strong and have a thick skin, we take our loss like a man, because when I win I keep it moving, I think everyone, and when I lose, you also have to remain humble in defeat. So I kept it moving and I knew I could come back and do what I had to do.

“The fight with Usyk, he threw me in my ass for a few rounds and I have to take that defeat like a man too. But I hold myself accountable, I’m someone who can admit when I’m wrong and hold my head high when I’m right.

“In the September fight, I was wrong and he was right, and I just have to flip that role on August 20.”

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