Published: 03 September 2022
Usyk told where 15 kg came from before the rematch with Joshua
On the night of August 20-21, a rematch between the WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight belt holder Oleksandr Usyk and Briton Anthony Joshua took place.
The match was hosted by the multifunctional sports complex "King Abdullah Sports City" in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The fight lasted all 12 rounds and ended with the victory of Oleksandr Usyk by split decision of the judges - 113-115, 115-113, 116-112.
10 days before the super-heavyweight rematch between Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs) and Briton Anthony Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs), information appeared that Usyk will enter the ring with much more weight than in the first fight.
The source, and directly from the training camp of the Ukrainian, was the British ex-world champion Amir Khan, who said that "Vusik gained 15 kg".
As a result, however, at the official weigh-in the day before the fight on August 20, Alexander showed the same weight as in September of last year, a little more than 100 kg.
Usyk spoke about the causes of "disinformation" at a press conference held yesterday in Kyiv.
"I trained in Dubai and I think that it was very hot there - it was 50, 51, 54 degrees (Celsius), it even showed in our car - he (Khan) could have been a little dizzy from the heat."
No, it wasn't like that. When he came to the gym, there was a day's training and I had to do coordination work. There was another guy there, the son of the co-owner of this hall. And he (the guy) says that I came (to the camp) very thin - my weight was 92 or 91 kg. Even when I was boxing at cruiserweight, I didn't have that weight. I lost a lot of weight during the month I was in Ukraine."
“And he (Khan) asks: How much did you score? And at that time I was already 102 kg. I say that I have already recovered, gained 10 kg in four months. There was a very good dynamic, because they worked very well."
"And I think maybe because of my English he didn't understand a little bit. And this is good! And what not? There was no misinformation there, I just said that, and he understood me that way. I think if I gained 15 kg before the fight, I would be rolling around the ring."