British boxing star Frazer Clarke is cautiously optimistic his close friend Anthony Joshua can level the field against Oleksandr Usyk on August 20. And the unified heavyweight world champion has been warned not to overlook AJ’s ‘frightening’ power despite a convincing decision win when they first met last September.

Former cruiserweight champion Usyk, 35, stepped up in weight to strip Joshua of his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The pair will collide in Saudi Arabia this time around, and Frazer is confident in Joshua’s ability to finish the fight at any moment.

“You know when you see what someone’s doing in the gym? I just do simple physics, yeah. The simple physics is this – if that man [Joshua] hits you on the jaw more than once, you go down,” Clarke told iFL TV following his TKO win over Ariel Esteban Bracamonte. “I don’t care who you are. It’s that simple. He punches frighteningly hard and fast.”

‘The Eraser’ acknowledged the Rage on the Red Sea will be “a really tough fight” for Joshua, whose record now stands at 24-2 after losing two of his last four outings. The 32-year-old avenged his first career loss after he was stopped by Andy Ruiz Jr. in June 2019, and he’ll look to mimic that feat with a comeback win over Usyk.


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