Oleksandr Usyk Wants Anthony Joshua to Step Aside – Warns Tyson Fury

Published 12/13/2021, 3:02 AM EST
Boxing – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk Weigh-in – The O2, London, Britain – September 24, 2021 Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk during the weigh-in as promoter Eddie Hearn looks on Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge


Oleksandr Usyk was in attendance at the Vasyl Lomachenko vs Richard Commey mega event at New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden. The former undisputed cruiserweight champion and the current unified heavyweight champion was sitting ringside throughout to support his friend and teammate, Vasyl Lomachenko.

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Co-incidentally, Tyson Fury showed up to the same event as well. With both heavyweight champions under one roof at the same time, they were bound to cross paths at one point. And, that is exactly what happened. Both champions locked eyes ringside and shared a friendly exchange as well.

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After the first face-off between the two and after the Loma-Commey clash, Oleksandr Usyk was asked if he would be open to fighting ‘The Gypsy King’ right away. He suggested that a clash with Fury would be ideal; skipping out on the Anthony Joshua rematch would be a step less for him to become the undisputed champion at heavyweight.

Yes, of course, it’s one step less. I could fight for the undisputed heavyweight title,” said Oleksandr Usyk.

Bob Arum does not want Tyson Fury to intervene in the Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk rematch

It seems both Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk have already reached a verbal agreement to fight right away; however, Tyson Fury’s co-promoter, Bob Arum, does not want any part of intervening in the contractual obligations between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua.

In a recent interview, the 90-year-old promoter said that they’re currently working on shaping up the Dillian Whyte mandatory fight. He added that even Usyk is under contract to fight AJ again next year. Arum believes the winners of these two clashes will ultimately fight for the heavyweight undisputed status in the next few months.

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Boxing – WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 25, 2021 Anthony Joshua reacts after his fight against Oleksandr Usyk Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

We’re dealing with professionals, and Todd duBoef is talking to the Dillian Whyte people; hopefully we can put that fight together.

Forget these step asides. Let Joshua fight Usyk again. He has a contract to do that and let Dillian Whyte fight Tyson Fury. Whoever wins those two fights then fights for all the belts. I mean, it’s just a few months until it’s sorted out,said Bob Arum.

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Who do you think will win this race to the heavyweight throne in the coming few months?

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused his passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the sweet science, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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