Anthony Joshua tipped to take out 'tricky' Oleksandr Usyk by Joe Joyce, who wants to face Brit after Takam clash

ANTHONY JOSHUA has been tipped to KO Oleksander Usyk by Joe Joyce – who has set his sights on a showdown with his fellow Brit.

AJ will defend his unified titles against the undefeated Ukrainian on September 25 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.


Former undisputed cruiserweight king Usyk will provide Joshua with one of the toughest fights of his career, which Joyce reckons his fellow Brit will pass.

He told Boxing News: "I will happily take on whoever wins, but I would love the opportunity to fight Joshua.

"I think he will want to fight (Tyson) Fury so we will have to see what happens there, but I am on the WBO track and looking to be made mandatory.

"I think Usyk could be a tricky fight for Joshua, but he should knock him out sooner or later you would think.

"It is heavyweight boxing, so you never know, but Usyk is no joke.

"He is an Olympic gold medallist, a very skilled southpaw, so he will probably pose Joshua problems with his good footwork and ringcraft.

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"I do think Joshua will get to him, sooner or later."

Joyce, 35, is gearing up for a showdown with French heavyweight Carlos Takam, whom he'll face at the SSE Wembley Arena a week on Saturday.

And the Juggernaut reckons his clash with the battle-tested Takam will do wonders for his world title bid.

He added: "I chose Takam as a good move for me.

"It is all about getting the right fights and I think this is one to get people talking. It will keep me ready too for when I get my turn to fight for the world title.

"He is a respected opponent who has been in with the best, like Joshua and also Chisora, who has been mentioned to fight me but I don't think he wants it.

"It is going to be a great fight.

"Maybe you will see a bit of both, depending on which Takam turns up, although I think I know what kind of style he will have.

Whatever works to get me the win is what you will see.

"It is going to be a tough test and a real hard fight, also good stylistically to watch. So tune in!"

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