“It’s a tough question” – UFC superstar Conor McGregor explains Anthony Joshua’s opinion against Oleksandr Usyk’s rematch with heavyweight division “burning”

UFC superstar Conor McGregor doubts Anthony Joshua will be able to regain Oleksandr Usyk’s WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles when they retaliate.

Joshua was overtaken by Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last September, losing their world heavyweight belt on a tough night in London.

Joshua was severely beaten by Usyk last year

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Joshua was severely beaten by Usyk last year

The Olympic gold medalist will have the chance to regain his titles in an immediate rematch, that is expected to take place on July 23rd in the Middle East.

McGregor, who stepped into the square circle five years ago to accept Floyd Mayweatherbelieves Joshua has a massive job ahead of him if he hopes to become a three-time unified heavyweight champion.

“It didn’t go so well last time. It’s a difficult question, “McGregor said Sky Sports.

“AJ is a good guy and I wish him well. Usyk is a great guy too and I hope a good attack for both men.

“The heavy division burns by the minute. Good things happen.”

Joshua previously lost his belts to Andy Ruiz Jr. in a shocking seventh-round stoppage loss before triggering a rematch clause that saw them fight again in December 2019 at a specially built 15,000-seat arena in Diriyah.

Joshua dominated Ruiz in the rematch

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Joshua dominated Ruiz in the rematch

McGregor has previously been in the boxing ring losing to Mayweather in 2017.

McGregor has previously been in the boxing ring losing to Mayweather in 2017.

On that occasion, the Englishman boxed his way to victory against Ruiz to regain his world titles and he will hope for a similar result when he gets a second crack at Usyk.

As for McGregor’s boxing career, the Irishman has revealed that he will seek to improve his a one-on-one professional boxing record before his combat sports career came to an end.

“Boxing is my first love in martial arts. I had such a great time the last time I was out there,” he said.

“Obviously, my return will be on the sidelines for the UFC – that story is far from over, in fact it’s just written, it’s just the beginning.

“But, boxing, I’m sure I’ll grace the square circle again in the future.”

‘Infamous’ is currently recovering from a broken tibia and fibula UFC 264 in July 2021.

In recent weeks McGregor has stepped up his training efforts ahead of his eagerly awaited return to action later this year.


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