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Jason Quigley: Usyk Can Claim "Comfortable" Win Over Joshua

Jason Quigley: Usyk Can Claim "Comfortable" Win Over Joshua
Rory Cassidy
By Rory Cassidy
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Jason Quigley believes that Oleksandr Usyk can claim a "comfortable win" in his highly anticipated rematch with Anthony Joshua this weekend.

The original fight took place in September of last year with the Ukrainian beating his English opponent by unanimous decision at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Usyk vs Joshua II - Quigley thinks Joshua will have learned lessons

In the immediate aftermath of the fight Joshua's team "activated in principle" the rematch clause with the fight scheduled to take place in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night.

Despite being the favourite in the previous bout, Joshua was outboxed and Quigley believes he will have to learn lessons if he wants to beat Usyk.

Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn has made it clear that the plan will be to "hurt" Usyk rather than "box and move."

"Joshua will understand that he was outboxed in his last fight by the smaller guy; the speed work, the hands, the movement around the ring, Usyk's foot work," Quigley says.

"But how do you beat that? If somebody is very, very good at that, it's hard to throw them off it unless you get inside, unless you rough Usyk up, you use your massive strength, and just bully Usyk through the rounds.


"That is the way that Joshua can cause havoc with Usyk, if he goes in with that type of a game plan."


Quigley reckons that people are downplaying Joshua's chances going into the fight which he describes as a "mistake". The Donegal middleweight believes Joshua can cause havoc.

"Joshua used to always wear Rival gloves, now he's wearing Everlast.


"He's wearing the smaller, less-padded gloves.

"Anthony Joshua is going into do damage this time around."

Usyk vs Joshua II - Quigley predicts the outcome

While Quigley thinks Joshua will step up his game he ultimately predicts a Usyk win.


"Usyk is going to come in and do the exact same thing, he's going to come into out-box Joshua, and I think that he's going to see the weaknesses that Joshua showed previously in the fight that he could have capitalised on.

"I think he didn't realise that he would ever get into that situation.

"He hurt Joshua a few times, he could have put the pressure on and maybe put Joshua down or stopped him late on in that fight."


"I think that Usyk’s boxing IQ and brain is just unbelievable.

"He's going to be able to defuse the situations with Joshua and I think he will get a unanimous points win."

The contest will certainly be intriguing.


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