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.
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Comparable cases emerged with regards to his non-verbal communication before his first loss to Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019.
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.
“I noticed that before the first fight with Ruiz he looked strange.
“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.
“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.”