By Cameron Temple
On Saturday night, Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua will meet in a rematch in Saudi Arabia to battle it out for the unified WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight world titles.
In the first fight, Usyk emerged victorious after masterfully out-boxing his British rival over 12 rounds.
In the aftermath, Joshua was widely criticised for his game plan of engaging in a boxing chess match with one of the most technically gifted boxers on the planet.
Ahead of the rematch, Joshua labelled himself the ‘Comeback King’ and insisted he will be changing tact and going for the knockout this time around.
We will have to wait until Saturday night to see whether he does exact revenge, but do others think? Here, talkSPORT gathered predictions from famous faces in the boxing world, starting with the man who holds the only other world title in the heavyweight division…
Tyson Fury, current WBC heavyweight world champion – Usyk win
While ‘The Gypsy King’ is technically retired, he could have more of a vested interest in the result of this bout than anyone, as he will undoubtedly be offered the opportunity to fight the winner for the undisputed heavyweight crown.
Fury told Dev Sahni on theQueensberry PromotionsYouTube channel: “Without trying to slate AJ or anything, because he has done well, he has had a great career, he doesn’t have the engine to box for 12 rounds.
Fury posts tutorial video for Joshua and points out Usyk’s weakness
MAKE OR BREAK
Joshua vs Usyk 2 LIVE: UK start time, full undercard and talkSPORT coverage
Andy Ruiz Jr revealed DMs from Anthony Joshua after their rematch
Tony Bellew didn’t look happy when Oleksandr Usyk brought up KO at press conference
Joshua says the winner of Usyk rematch is not No.1 until they beat Fury
Anthony Joshua got knocked out by David Price after spending the night in jail
“So unless he comes to Morecambe and lets me train him for this fight, I see another loss, to be fair.
“If not, he gets another loss on his record.
“Unless Joshua gets his a*** up to Morecambe and lets me train him for this fight,
Robert Garciaand ten men like him will not make him beat Oleksandr Usyk.”
Joe Joyce, WBO number one heavyweight contender – Usyk win
“Usyk’s already beaten Joshua,” he told talkSPORT. “So it’s the same thing again and he also has the confidence from beating him the first time.
“So, it’s down to Joshua now to step his game up and try and get back those titles. I still think Usyk’s got what it takes to bash him up again.
“But, Joshua has a puncher’s chance, a heavy punch, but if he can’t land those big shots then it’s Usyk again.”
Joseph Parker, former WBO heavyweight world champion – Usyk win
“I’m not sure what Joshua is doing with his new team and hopefully he’ll be a more improved fighter, but I’m siding with Usyk.”
Mike Tyson, former undisputed heavyweight world champion – Usyk win
“It’s gonna be hard to beat Usyk,” Tyson said on Instagram live.
“He’s fast and he out-punched Joshua with his jab.
“Joshua has to learn to deal with his jab. That’s the only thing he couldn’t handle, he couldn’t handle his jab and his movement.
“He’s too fast for Joshua. Joshua has to put a lot of pressure on him and keep it on him all night.
“He’s a powerful puncher, but he’s not as accurate – you’ve gotta be accurate against a guy like that.
“Because he moves so much, the jab is educated and he just outsmarts the guy.”
John Fury, father of heavyweight world champion, Tyson Fury – Joshua win
“Don’t be surprised if AJ pulls it off,” John told talkSPORT.
“I’ve got a sneaky feeling again that AJ’s going to do it and he has this remarkable way of bouncing back, doesn’t he.”
KSI, YouTuber, musician, entrepreneur and boxer- Usyk win
“I think he needs to put it on Usyk, just put it on him. Show Usyk that he’s the heavyweight and he cannot deal with his heavyweight power, he just needs to put it on him.
“You can’t try to outbox Usyk because Usyk is just, his amateur experience is too high.
“He’s had way more fights than AJ.
“Yeah man, he needs to not let Usyk play his game, put it on him, make it rough, get on the inside, give Usyk no time to breathe and knock him out hopefully.”
Josh Warrington, current IBF featherweight world champion – Joshua win
“I think [Joshua] did learn a lot from the first fight, trying to box him.
“Usyk’s been such a skilled cruiserweight and at heavyweight I don’t think it’s wise to start playing his own game.
“Use your attributes, you’re super strong, you’ve got speed, them devastating one-twos, use that.
“AJ’s a big guy. Sometimes it’s a boxing match, but sometimes it’s a fight. When you’re in a clinch, wear him out by tying him up, leaning on him, things like that.
“That’s how he’s gotta make it for Usyk, he’s gotta tire him out. He’s gotta rough him up and not be scared to let that right hand go.
“I think the more he pushes him, the more opportunities he’s gonna get to get that right hand away.
“I think that’s the way he beats him, he’s gotta take it to him.”
Carl Froch, former unified super middleweight world champion – Usyk win
“For Anthony Joshua to beat Oleksandr Usyk, he needs a brain transplant, he said onBetfred’s Lightweight Boxing Show.
“He’s got all the physical attributes, but I just don’t think he can beat him.”
Deontay Wilder, former WBC heavyweight world champion – Usyk win
“I’m going with Usyk. I think a lot of people are.
“It’s boxing at the end of the day, so we’ll see, but I think it’s Usyk.”
Chris Eubank Jr, WBA number one middleweight contender – Joshua win
“Joshua vs Usyk 2 is going to be an extremely interesting fight to watch.” told talkSPORT. “Obviously AJ is a good friend of mine and I’m pulling for him.
“I think that he will be able to do it if he comes in with the right game plan and right mentality, which I believe he has now and learns from his mistakes, there’s no reason why he can’t win.
“He has the physical attributes to beat a man like Usyk, it’s about the mentality and he showed when he lost against Ruiz that he is able to go back to the drawing board, figure it out and go back and execute the right game plan to win.
“I believe he will do the same against Usyk.”
Conor Benn, welterweight contender – Joshua win
“It depends on the mindset of AJ, I believe AJ can be victorious and should be victorious.
“But, then Usyk is a one off fighter of a generation.”
Eddie Hearn, Chairman of Matchroom Boxing – Joshua win
“I feel like when AJ went into the first fight, he never really, truly believed in the plan or how he could beat Usyk, but at least he’s felt it now…
“With someone like AJ, he can digest that information and digest it. There are some fighters who you can sit down and say, ‘listen, you’re the greatest, you can do this,’ but AJ has to believe it and digest it.
“He’s an intelligent guy and if you give him the information to process, and part of that process will be the first fight, he can do it.
“You saw in the Ruiz fight, he won every round boxing a style he’s never boxed before at all.”
Usyk vs Joshua 2 on talkSPORT