By Allan Fox: Deontay Wilder says Anthony Joshua looks broken from his loss to Oleksandr Usyk last September. Wilder feels that Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs looks like he’s changed since the defeat.
For that reason, Wilder is picking unified heavyweight champion Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) to beat Joshua again this Saturday night in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
It would be better for Wilder and boxing if Joshua wins, but there’s nothing that can be done about that. If he lacks the talent to defeat Usyk, he’ll go down to defeat on Saturday night.
“I’m going with Oleksandr Usyk. He just looks even more confident, more so than ever now. And you look at Anthony Joshua, he just looks like a different man; he looks more broken,” said Deontay Wilder to Fighthype.
“Maybe it’s him not used to having the titles. The tables have turned. I’m going with Usyk like I picked before, so I think I’m going to stick with that.
“Once that happens, there’s a unification fight as well. I’m proud to say that I don’t ever have to come back to the business of boxing again,” said Wilder. “I made more money outside of the ring than in,” said Wilder.
Robert Garcia says Joshua can knockout Usyk
“If Anthony Joshua believes in his team and himself, he can definitely win this fight,” said trainer Robert Garcia to iFL TV. “A lot of people don’t think he’s capable of doing it because of Usyk’s skills and his speed and combinations.
“He’s going to go out there and do it. That’s the feeling I have. I think he’s peaking at the right moment. A lot of people are going on Anthony’s last performance.
“He [Usyk] thinks it’s going to be more of a physical fight. He wants to be strong enough to be able to hang in there. They think I’m going to make it a physical fight, and I am.
“100%,” said Garcia when asked if Joshua can knockout Usyk. “We were watching some of those punches he was connecting in the first fight. He was still able to win four or five rounds. He landed a few punches that stunned Usyk a few times,” said Garcia.