After landing in London for his world title fight with Britain’s heavyweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk kept his training for the Anthony Joshua fight a secret.
The Ukrainian, who was the undisputed cruiserweight champion, will attempt to rip away Joshua’s WBA, IBF and WBO belts when they share the ring this Saturday.
Usyk has put on more muscle since moving up a level, but he has remained tight-lipped about his physical state.
“Thank you for asking, it was a fantastic camp,” Usyk told reporters.
“The form you’re going to see, because I’m not wearing it now,” the 34-year-old laughed when asked what form and shape he was in.
“Can’t you see it now?” Usyk said when asked if he will be heavier for the Joshua battle.
“Hello, Anthony,” he said in a message to the unified champion. “I’ve arrived.”
Before arrangements fell through, Joshua was slated to fight WBC champion Tyson Fury in an undisputed world title bout this summer, but he has told reporters that Usyk is another high-calibre opponent.
“I’ve got another rival who’s just as good as me,” Joshua explained.
“I have to take him seriously now.”