WOW! Oleksandr Usyk Willing to Change Stance on Anthony Joshua Fight

Published 12/19/2020, 10:12 AM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 13: Oleksandr Usyk is pictured during the Oleksandr Usyk and Derek Chisora Press Conference at the Royal Institute of British Architects on March 13, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)


Heavyweight title contender Oleksandr Usyk is ready to step aside from his WBO mandatory spot if it paves the way for Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua to collide in 2021.

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Following AJ’s sensational title defence against Kubrat Pulev on December 12th, the ultimate Brit heavyweight showdown came to limelight once again.

While both Fury and Joshua agreed to the matchup this time, Usyk doesn’t appear to be a problem on the way. The Ukrainian pugilist wants to see all 4 heavyweight belts (WBC, WBO, IBO, IBF) go to one man as he bills his favor towards Tyson Fury in the mix.

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Despite Anthony Joshua’s most recent KO win against Pulev, Usyk envisions him to get dismantled by ‘The Gypsy King’.

However, he understands the sport and hesitates to predict an absolute outcome. That said, ‘The Cat’ will definitely have his eyes on the fight.

He connected with Sun Sports to discuss the ongoing heavyweight title scenario. Speaking on it, ‘The Cat’ said, “I should say that Tyson Fury is an unpredictable boxer. He has the right mentality and the boxing skills required.”

He added, “But it is boxing so I can’t predict what would happen and how such a fight would end. But we will have to wait and see and I would be sure to watch.”

Not unlike most fans, Usyk is waiting for the heavyweight classic and seems to be a huge fan of it himself.

Oleksandr Usyk is ready for Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua

Bob Arum already billed ‘Fury vs Joshua’ as the greatest heavyweight title fight since Muhammad Ali fought Joe Frazier in 1971. If it happens in 2021, boxing will see one of its greatest events go down as Usyk calls it a “once in a lifetime” event.

 

Talking about the upcoming picture of the heavyweight division, he continued, “All four belts might end up in the same hands of one person.

“It might be a once in a lifetime opportunity. We should all talk and communicate for that to happen because it is a really big event.”

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After the outcome, Usyk can enter the race by validating his WBO mandatory spot. He has already cemented himself as one of the all-time cruiserweight greats and can pose a serious challenge to the heavyweights.

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Till then, Fury vs Joshua will remain the most-talked-about aspect of the current heavyweight circuit. Do you think Tyson Fury can beat Anthony Joshua?

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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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