Sergey Lapin is the assistant coach of Oleksandr Usyk, who now knows he’ll be fighting AJ in a rematch rather than Tyson Fury. MyBettingSites caught up with him.
Sergey Lapin: Tyson Fury talks garbage… he chose Dillian Whyte – the safer option
“Usyk is always ready for any challenger, he was one of the first who agreed to hold a unification against Tyson Fury. I heard that Joshua wasn’t against receiving the compensation either to allow the unification. But suddenly something went wrong, it seems to me that Tyson Fury and his team chose a much safer option for themselves – a fight with Dillian White.
“More than 80% of the information coming from Tyson Fury is verbal garbage to attract attention and to promote boxing fights, he also tries to get into the heads of his rivals with his words, as he did with Deontay Wilder. But such a story, like comparing Usyk to Tomasz Adamek, will not work with Usyk – nothing like this will affect Usyk’s psychology.”
Lapin: Stepping aside to allow Usyk to fight Fury would of been a better option for AJ…Joshua does not have time to learn anything new.
“Usyk is now looking forward to the fight with Joshua because it’s the next step towards his goal and dream of winning all the titles in the glamour division. In the near future, the promoters will decide on the venue of the boxing match, most likely it will be in London, and Alexander will consolidate his standing in the heavyweight division when he achieves a second victory over AJ.
“Compensation for Joshua to step aside would have been a better option for Joshua as he would have had more time to correct his mistakes and prepare for the fight. Joshua is a strong guy, he has been boxing for a long time, he has fought some serious opponents, but as far as the rematch goes, Joshua will not learn anything new in four months, no matter how many new coaches there are in his camp.”
Lapin: I predict a more aggressive AJ…but will AJ be able to maintain the pace given his stamina issues? Usyk is preparing for the same AJ.
“I think Joshua will change his fighting strategy towards a more aggressive style, but will he be able to maintain this pace, will his conditioning be enough for this? We will only be able to see in the ring.
“That’s the essence of boxing, not only big muscles and size playing a role here, it’s very important how your boxing IQ works and how quickly you make decisions. Usyk will be preparing for the same Joshua, taking into account the mistakes of the previous fight.”
There are plenty of upcoming fights with the bookies expecting Usyk to fight Joshua in a rematch before he takes on Fury. Odds are mixed, with Unibet offering 11/20 for the Ukrainian to win and Betfred odds of 2/1 for Joshua to win back his titles. Either way, the rematch seems destined to happen with both fighters eyeing a Fury title fight soon after.