Carl Froch has rubbished claims that Oleksandr Usyk has gained weight in order to help him knock out Anthony Joshua in their rematch this weekend. According to Amir Khan, Usyk has put on 15kg since his last outing against ‘AJ’ which has left many to speculate how the added weight will affect ‘The Cat’.
Froch believes the extra timber won’t boost the Ukrainian’s punching power and doesn’t think it will make much of a difference to the outcome of the fight. Speaking to Express Sport during a conference call, he said: “Possibly he might be thinking that if ‘I put some weight on that my punch is going to have a little bit more impact’ but it’s the fast punches that hurt more and the timing of the punch because it’s not always the weight.
“Look at Prince Naseem Hamed, he was a featherweight, and he could punch like a heavyweight, Julian Jackson, you go over the history, you can either punch or you can’t and putting weight on doesn’t make you punch harder.
“Obviously there’s more weight behind the punch but an actual hard punch doesn’t come from having bigger biceps or bigger lats or whatever. Usyk knows this, he’s not stupid, he’s a master. He’s got an honorary degree and how many masters in boxing.”
“I just think that Usyk’s getting bigger because he’s not making cruiserweight anymore. He’s up to heavyweight, he’s eating what he wants which is a good thing. So naturally, with his age and with his diet now and with his training, he’ll being doing some more weights, he’ll be doing some more compound exercises like deadlifts and clean and press – well he should be if his strength and conditioning coach knows what he’s doing. So, he’ll naturally get bigger, he’s probably put a stone on, he’s not put two stone on. I don’t think it’s going to be a massive advantage or disadvantage.”
Froch will be part of the Sky Sports coverage team alongside Frazer Clarke and Dave Coldwell for the Usky-Joshua rematch this weekend. The pair do battle at the King Abdullah Sport City Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for the WBA (super), IBF, WBO, and Ring Magazine world heavyweight titles.
Watch the Usyk vs Joshua rematch on August 20, live on Sky Sports Box Office.