Usyk reveals what really led to Anthony Joshua’s defeat; he noticed before their fight

Oleksandr Usyk has uncovered that he and his group concentrated on Anthony Joshua’s non-verbal communication until the first bell of their battle in September.

The Ukrainian outboxed and deposed AJ, who a few fans blamed for seeming distracted as he strolled to the ring.

Comparable cases emerged with regards to his non-verbal communication before his first loss to Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019.

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Usyk told Forbes, as quoted by talkSPORT: “Of course, me and my team pay attention to that.

“They observe and analyse. We try to make our observations work. I did notice that he was quite tired after the fight.

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“I noticed that before the first fight with Ruiz he looked strange.

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“But I don’t think about why it happens. Maybe it’s for some internal reasons. I don’t want to think about the reasons.”

Regarding AJ potentially looking distracted before their bout, Usyk continued: “The hands on the ropes, it was not quite that unusual.

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“There might be very different reasons for that.

“I was more surprised because he was kind of distracted, chewing on the mouthguard like he was.

“That’s why I thought it was strange. But everybody behaves in their own way.”

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