Oleksandr Usyk TRICKED Anthony Joshua into fighting him by taking it easy against Derek Chisora, claims Carl Froch – as the former world champion insists ‘it could be the end’ for Joshua if he loses the rematch
- Carl Froch claimed Oleksandr Usyk tricked his way into fighting Anthony Joshua
- Ex-world champion Froch was speaking ahead of the pair’s rematch on Saturday
- Joshua is aiming to win the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring heavyweight titles
- Ukrainian Usyk had beaten the 32-year-old Brit in London in September 2021
- Froch said ‘The Cat’ took it easy on Derek Chisora to entice Joshua to fight him
Oleksandr Usyk lured Anthony Joshua into fighting him by taking it easy on Derek Chisora, according to Carl Froch.
Usyk, previously a cruiserweight, beat Chazz Witherspoon in his first heavyweight fight in 2019, before moving onto Brit Chisora in 2020, who he beat via unanimous decision.
But Froch told the BBC the Ukrainian made the fight look closer than it actually was deliberately, so he could entice Joshua into believing that fighting him would be easier than the reality.
Oleksandr Usyk lured Anthony Joshua (pictured) into fighting him by taking it easy on Derek Chisora in their 2020 fight, claims former super-middleweight world champion Carl Froch
Ukrainian (right) beat Chisora (left) by unanimous decision in his second heavyweight bout
The 45-year-old said: ‘We know what a talented fighter Usyk is, just look at his pedigree. He lost a handful of fights as an amateur in more than 300 bouts.
‘He became Olympic champion, turned professional and became the undisputed unified cruiserweight champion in a division that was really tough at the time. He just dominated.
‘Usyk played with Derek Chisora when they fought at heavyweight – just took his time. He’s that clever I think he made that contest look close on purpose to get the AJ fight.’
Usyk will face Joshua in a rematch in Saudi Arabia on Saturday with the several heavyweight titles on the line – and Froch (pictured) insisted defeat could spell the end of Joshua’s career
Usyk then beat Joshua in their first bout in September 2021, facing him in a rematch in Saudi Arabia on Saturday with the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO, and The Ring heavyweight titles on the line – and Froch insisted defeat could spell the end of Joshua’s career.
He added: ‘If Anthony Joshua loses his rematch to Oleksandr Usyk and it’s a bad defeat – a conclusive points loss or a heavy knockout – it could be the end for AJ. I just don’t see where he can go after back-to-back defeats.
‘I wholeheartedly want him to win and I am not totally writing him off. He has all the physical attributes, he’s big enough and strong enough, but I have to be brutally honest and say I don’t think he will win.’
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