OLEKSANDR USYK has sent a stone cold warning to Anthony Joshua ahead of their clash.
The 35-year-old Ukrainian ace dethroned AJ from his WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight titles in September, allowing them to face off again on August 20 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The defending champions, who spent time on the front lines fending off Russian invaders before the start of their training camp, are slowing down their preparations in Dubai.
And when British boxing legend Amir Khan visited the gym and asked if the former undisputed cruiserweight king was ready, he snarled, “I was born ready.”
The undefeated 2012 Olympic champion also revealed he wakes up at 4:45 a.m. to squeeze in THREE Punishment sessions every day.
The former 14st 4lbs boss – who boxed as light as middleweight in his early amateur days – has massed back for the Rage on the Red Sea.
Before his 2021 points win over Derek Chisora, he stated his ideal weight was 16th place.
But for that clash on Halloween in London he could only reach 15st 7lbs.
By dominating AJ at Spurs Stadium, he had managed to hit 15. 11lbs of lean muscle and still be insanely fast around the ring – while AJ was 17th.
But now he looks well over his dream weight, which could mean Joshua has an even rougher night ahead.
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Following his unanimous decision over Del Boy, Usyk said, “I’ve felt stronger since going up from cruiserweight.
“I put extra stress on my body when I work out in the gym and I don’t feel as flexible or sharp as I should, but that’s just from the hard work.
“When it comes to sparring and boxing, me and my team decide the optimal weight I want to fight at.
“I’m going to stay at that weight and it’s going to be ideal for my movement because that’s my main skill.”
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When Usyk visited London for the rerun’s opening press conference, he met Chisora at a Russian spa, where they shared a sauna and steam room.
And the 38-year-old revealed the insane training regimen Usyk put on himself to guarantee success against the Watford icon.
Chisora said: “I was about to leave the Russian bathhouse where I go to recover as I’m tired and injured from training and the owner told me to wait because he had a surprise.
“I sat down and all I heard was ‘Derek, Deeeerrrrrek,’ as he kept saying leading up to our fight.
“I started talking and laughing with him and I told him he looked tired.
“He told me he had just swum for five hours. I told him he was lying, he couldn’t swim for five hours.
“But his trainer told me it was true and then showed me a video of him in this giant Olympic pool, pacing up and down for five hours.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5967602/anthony-joshua-oleksandr-usyk-dubai-training-camp/ Anthony Joshua sent a chilling warning from Oleksandr Usyk from Dubai training camp with heavyweight in frightening form