Rory Mcllroy has sent in his wishes for Anthony Joshua who takes on Oleksandr Usyk on the 25th of September at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. The fight will be for 12 rounds, and AJ will be defending his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles, and will be looking forward to getting the W and set up a showdown with Tyson Fury.
With the fight only a couple of days away, current world no. 15 professional golfer Rory Mcllroy wished Anthony Joshua the best of luck for his battle against Usyk. While acknowledging the goodness of Usyk, Mcllroy went on to sing praises about AJ. However, he divulged that he wouldn’t be watching the fight, since he would be on the golf course with the Ryder Cup 2021 in full swing.
“It’s a big night for him, a pretty big test” – Rory Mcllroy on Anthony Joshua
Mcllroy was quoted as saying, “It’s a big night for him, a pretty big test. I mean, Usyk looks like a really good fighter. And hopefully, unless I am rested on Saturday afternoon, I’ll hopefully be on the golf course, so I won’t be able to watch it. But I wish him all the best and all the luck.”
He continued, “He is, I think, how he conducts himself and how he represents himself in the sport of boxing…You’re talking about leadership and talking about doing the right thing. You know he’s the epitome of that.”
Joshua is coming off a TKO win over Kubrat Pulev in December 2020. But, it was a fight everyone expected Joshua to win. It might not be the same with Usyk. The Ukrainian is slick for a heavyweight, technically sound, mentally strong. Barring that brutal ‘heavyweight’ KO power, he has it all.
A win here for Joshua would set him up for a showdown against Tyson Fury which would be a title unification bout for the undisputed heavyweight title. Fury, meanwhile, a trilogy fight against Deontay Wilder coming up, on the 9th of October, next month.