Build-up as AJ hosts open workout, Ukrainian ARRIVES in UK- latest updates

GOOD MORNING BOXING FANS

Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk are set to fight this Saturday at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The bout was put together after Joshua’s dream match with fellow British superstar Tyson Fury was postponed.

Their highly-anticipated clash was derailed after Fury was ordered to face Deontay Wilder in a rematch.

Thus, AJ will be putting his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles on the line against Usyk.

The Ukrainian heavyweight arrived in London on Monday with a very simple message for his opponent.

The Cat said: “Anthony, hello, I’m here!”

The 34-year-old looked confident ahead of his big title fight with Joshua in north London.

AJ is set for a major test this weekend and he understands his opponent could indeed cause an upset, just like Andy Ruiz Jr did a while back.

In fact, Joshua described Usyk as the second toughest opponent of his career, behind Wladimir Klitschko.

The 31-year-old told BBC Radio 5 Live: “On paper he sits No2, behind Wladimir Klitschko.

“They’re very different technically, but on paper he’s an Olympic gold medallist, he reigned for over 10 years, he’s No1.

“But Usyk is No2 because of his success at cruiserweight and then his success so far at heavyweight.”

Meanwhile, the legendary Manny Pacquiao has announced that his boxing career is over.

Pacquiao said during an appearance on Toni Talks: “My boxing career is already over.

“It’s done because I’ve been in boxing for a long time and my family says that it is enough.”

This comes after PacMan, who is also a senator in the Philippines, confirmed he will run for president in next year’s election.

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