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Johnny Nelson questions Usyk’s new size: “Will he be able to perform?”


Johnny Nelson has questioned Oleksandr Usyk’s new look ahead of his rematch with Anthony Joshua.

The former WBO cruiser world champion boldly announced last month that he would beat the Ukrainians they fought.

And now Nelson, who is in Saudi Arabia as a member of Sky TV team for the return to the WBA Super, IBF and WBO heavyweight world titles, has his sights set on Usyk.

The 35-year-old appears to have the muscles for the fight, will be at the Jeddah Superdome and will also claim Tyson Fury’s recently relinquished Ring Magazine title, while Joshua –– who was dethroned by unanimous decision at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London last September –– looking a lot thinner.

Nelson spoke to Boxing Social on the increase in weight of Ukrainians:

“I think this will be the heaviest career for Usyk. My question is whether Usyk will be able to use the talents he has and be able to perform to his full potential while carrying that extra load.”

“Boxing like he did is like a cruiser weight class when you get to heavyweight and you’re carrying a few extra stones on your back, it’s not that easy.”

Nelson made headlines earlier this week, suggesting that Joshua should hang up his gloves if he suffers a second defeat to Usyk.

“It will be very difficult for Usyk to be able to box like he did before. He won’t be able to do it in 12 rounds”.

“But maybe he thinks it’s not going to go all 12 rounds and that’s what you have to look at.”



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