Hafthor Bjornsson has backed Anthony Joshua to beat Oleksandr Usyk as he feels the size difference will be too big a gap for the Ukrainian to overcome.
AJ will put his WBA (Super), IBF (and WBO heavyweight) belts on the line for Usyk when he steps into the ring at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The 2012 Olympic gold medallist is forced to defend his title against the former cruiserweight. This puts a potential fight with Tyson Fury off the table.
This will be the 34-year old Usyk’s third fight in the higher weight class. He has been bulking up to meet his opponent.
Despite him registering a career-heaviest 16st 5lb in July, former World’s Strongest Man Bjornsson feels the unbeaten boxer will still be at a disadvantage on both weight and height.
He told The Sun: “Absolutely, I will be watching 100 per cent. I think Joshua will be a bit too big for Usyk.
“Usyk is a great boxer, but there is a height difference and a weight difference. It seems that Usyk has gained some weight.
“So I don’t know how that will affect his performance, he won’t be used to being that heavy. We don’t know how he’ll react to that.
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“Whether it will make him a bit more stiff or what but my money is on Joshua. He’s more comfortable in that weight category.”
Bjornsson, a boxer who recently had a body transformation. However, his goal was to lose weight.
He cut roughly 50kg, around 25% of his body weight, ahead of his fight with arm-wrestler Devon Larratt which was originally meant to be against fellow strongman Eddie Hall.
Joshua, meanwhile, is on a quest to unify all of the major belts, a feat that has not been achieved since the introduction of a fourth major world title.
Fury holds the WBC’s last remaining belt, but the 31-year old must get past Usyk in order to get a unification fight on the right track.
The Gyspy Kings will be fighting Deontay wilder in the US next month. However, Fury has indicated that he will be cheering for Joshua in hopes that they can meet next year.