Anthony Joshua Unveils New Strategy to Become Undisputed Heavyweight Champion

Published 12/28/2020, 5:18 AM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 06: Anthony Joshua laughs during the press conference for Andy Ruiz Jr. v Anthony Joshua 2 ‘Clash on the Dunes’ at the Hilton Syon Park on September 06, 2019 in London, England. Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr will have a Heavyweight World Title rematch fight on December 7th 2019 in the historical town of Diriyah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


Unified heavyweight titleholder Anthony Joshua aims to beat Tyson Fury twice as he envisions two back-to-back fights with the WBC champion.

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While Joshua has held most of the heavyweight titles, he is missing the WBC belt. Only a win against Tyson Fury will bring him the accolade and ‘AJ’ appears confident ahead of the impending fight.

Well, Oleksandr Usyk is the WBO mandatory challenger, and if he demands his spot, it will cause problems for the undisputed title fight.

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That said, Joshua might have to vacate his WBO title to face Tyson Fury over Oleksandr Usyk. He is ready to do that, but also vows to hunt for the WBO title again after he gets past Tyson Fury.

Following his successful KO win over Kubrat Pulev, Anthony Joshua connected with Sun Sports to shed light on his upcoming plans.

As combat fans continue to tout a possible fight between ‘AJ’ and ‘The Gypsy King’, the former just intensified the tale to the next level.

Speaking on his ongoing scenario with the WBO spot, Joshua said, “Will people care if I have to lose a belt to Usyk? Will I have to give one up? I am not too sure yet. I don’t want to, because it is ‘the road to undisputed’. But I know that, when I win, I will go back and fight for that belt anyway — that will be my goal.”

He added, “I want to fight Fury, beat him again in the rematch — two difficult hurdles, serious fights — then I will go straight back to try to fight for that title again.”

Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk- The heavyweight deciders

Usyk plays a pivotal role in the heavyweight title picture. He can decide the future of Joshua vs Fury.

But, Anthony Joshua is ready to vacate his title if Usyk doesn’t step aside. Meanwhile, Tyson Fury is also scheduled for a trilogy fight against Deontay Wilder. So, there are still many more hurdles than those at the negotiation table for this fight to take place.

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Boxing – Heavyweight World Title Fight – Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev – The SSE Arena, London, Britain – December 12, 2020 Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev react after the fight Pool via REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

“I don’t know what Fury’s situation is with Wilder. My situation is, do I give up the WBO or will Usyk step aside?” said Joshua.

2021 seems to be an important year for boxing. There are several possible thrillers on the line and boxing politics can endanger them.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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