By Emmanuel Okogba

Egis Klimas reeled out how world heavyweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk is preparing to defend his titles against Anthony Joshua on Saturday, saying he is in the best shape to face the Briton.

Both boxers attended a press conference in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, which was monitored by Vanguard, to speak on how prepared they were ahead of their showdown.

While both men reserved praises for their sparring partners and each other, Klimas who is Usyk’s manager, was quick to point out the tough training measures the Ukrainian has been undertaking in preparation to face Joshua.

“I’m so proud to represent Usyk. I’ve never seen anybody at 45 degrees heat riding a bicycle for 100 kilometres. I’ve never seen anybody swimming the day before press conference in London for 10 kilometres in the pool for five hours. I’ve never seen anybody holding his breath under water for four minutes and forty seconds, almost passing away, shaking himself, and then I asked him, what’s wrong with you, he said, ‘I know I have a trainer behind me, he’s not going to let me drown. He’s going to pull me out’. And I hope all of this is going to be helping him on Saturday.” Klimas said during the presser

Usyk’s return to the ring follows his involvement in trying to defend his country Ukraine against Russia’s invasion.

I expect a competitive fight – Usyk

Usyk said he expects to face a tougher and more resistant opponent in Anthony Joshua this time around when asked if he sees the re-match being competitive.

Winning by unanimous decision when they met last September was an indication that Joshua was clearly the second best on the night, but Usyk does not see victory coming as easy as it did then.

“Yes, it’s true. We learned each other in the first fight. He learned me and I learned him. We had time to study each other and this Saturday night will be a great fight.” Usyk responded


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