Former world heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs believes that undefeated heavyweight Alexander Usyk will be a major challenge for WBA / WBO / IBF title holder Anthony Joshua, who is obliged to hold a mandatory defense against him.
“The fight that you need to prepare for is a duel between Usyk and Wilder. We may have to be ready for it. The fight with Usyk will be very, very difficult. Is there still such a guy? Who can work this way? Usyk is Vasily Lomachenko. King’s size and gets stronger as the rounds go.
Joshua’s best chance is to catch him at the start. AJ is strong in the beginning and Usyk is strong in the later rounds. This is a dangerous, difficult fight. The tendril is different from others. This is the hardest fight for Joshua, as difficult as the fight with Fury.
If the ring is large, then the Usyk will be difficult to catch. He becomes stronger during the fight and begins to squeeze the opponent. He has a good workrate and is left-handed. He can deliver inconspicuous blows. The tendril is very energetic, it throws out a lot of blows. Let not all of them shock you, but you do not see them. His condition is building up and he is exhausting you, “Briggs told Sky Sports.