Via Jim Calfa: Oleksandr Usyk wants to fight Tyson Fury next if it’s up to him, but he has to attend Anthony Joshua’s rematch next April. Usyk had no choice but to face AJ, as the major British heavyweight forced him to the top by activating the rematch clause from their previous match on September 25 of this year.
Once IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) gets his second bout with Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs), he’ll turn his attention to a fight clash with WBC champion Fury for the undisputed championship in the second half of 2022.
Joshua wants revenge after being humiliated by Usyk last September at the Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium in London. It was a match Joshua was supposed to win easily but was a pure disaster.
Usyk wants to be the undisputed two-tournament champion, and the only things standing in his way are Joshua and Fury. In 2018, Usyk defeated Murat Gassiev to become the undisputed champion in the cruiser class.
Joshua should have left it blank
Looking back, Joshua should have done a smart thing and dropped his WBO strap up front so he could swing Usyk. Some boxing fans offered as much as possible ahead of time, but Joshua wanted nothing and foolishly rushed into the fight.
“Victory happens and people are changing [ideas about me]and that’s their right,” Usyk told Forbes about his victory over Joshua.
“I feel before Joshua that I will continue to work with a state of preparedness. I might want to fight Fury or WilderBut for now, I’m focused on the rematch with Joshua,” Usyk said.
As long as Usyk doesn’t look past Joshua, he will have little problem beating him a second time to get him into early retirement.
Usyk isn’t the type to look past opponents, so there’s very little chance of him taking his eyes off the prize.
While Usyk wants nothing better than to fight WBC champ Fury right now, he has to tackle one final hurdle against Joshua before he can get into that bout.
Once Joshua is beaten by his second loss in April, Usyk can move on to bigger and better things in the undisputed championship bout he desires with Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs).
“Of course, me and my team pay attention to that,Usyk talked about Joshua looking nervous ahead of their fight. “They observe and analyze. We try to make our observations work. I have noticed that he is quite tired after the game. I noticed that before my first fight with Ruiz. He looks weird,” Usyk said.
Joshua looked utterly unsettled going into his fight with Usyk last September, and one could tell his mind was in dire straits.