Joyce’s trainer thinks he’s found the key to defeating Usyk. Here he is in


How frustrating it was for WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk to take punches to the torso by Anthony Joshua is a good omen for Ismael Salas, coach of Britain’s Joe Joyce. The latter is a mandatory contender in the WBO line and intends to fight the Ukrainian.

The Cuban specialist believes that if AJ strained Alexander with body punches, then the native of Simferopol (Ukraine) will definitely be tortured in the lower tier by Joyce’s powerful pressure.

“I’ll tell you one thing,” the coach said.
boxing scene. – I saw the Usyk-Joshua rematch. When Anthony began to work on the body, Usyk was slightly flattened.

But with Joyce it will be a different story, Salas is sure: “Joe always suffocates opponents with pressure. So deal with Joyce’s pressure for 12 rounds [Усику] it won’t be easy.”

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In addition, Ismael noted the coolest holder of the client: “Of course, he has an amazing “chin”. This is a gift from God. Courage, focus. He’s the toughest presser in the division.”

Joyce, 37, scored a career-best win in September when he knocked out staunch ex-champ Joseph Parker in the 11th round.

Salas doesn’t care that Usyk outboxed Joyce quite easily as a WSB semi-pro in 2013.

“This is different. Joe now has much more skills, he is more flexible. Everyone knows that Joyce is a “robot” strongman. We are working closely on the base, coordination and how to constantly withstand pressure on the opponent, ”said the coach.

Usyk’s promoter spoke about all the mandatory contenders and the order of defense.