Unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk is now eyeing a potential fight with Deontay Wilder next following the talks of Tyson Fury facing Anthony Joshua in December.
In an interview with the Ring Magazine, Usyk claimed he plans to be ringside for Wilder’s comeback fight with Robert Helenius on October 15th before hopefully defending his titles against the Alabama man the fight after. “Wilder is a dangerous fighter, and that fight would most likely be in the United States“, said Usyk, who beat Joshua for a second time last month via split-decision in Saudi Arabia.
Following his victory in the rematch against ‘AJ’, attention then turned to an undisputed showdown versus Fury, who holds the one piece of the heavyweight championship currently evading the Ukrainian in the form of the WBC title. Usyk insists however that the prospect of a Fury-Joshua fight doesn’t irritate him, claiming any blame for the failure to crown an undisputed heavyweight champion must lay at the feet of the Morecambe man. “And no, no, I’m not pissed off at all (about being bypassed by Fury for Joshua). The bigger problem is Tyson Fury is not letting fans see one of the best historical bouts in boxing history. That’s his fault. Not mine. So, I’m not pissed off at all“.
Egis Klimas, who manages Usyk, told The Ring that they “would not chase Tyson Fury”, and noted that a victory for Joshua in December would rule out any prospect of his fighter facing ‘The Gypsy King’ in 2023 due to the existence of a rematch clause holding effect in a Fury-Joshua fight. “What happens when Joshua beats his ass? What will happen next? They will go to a rematch, which will push back the chance to have an undisputed world champion. I think Fury is most likely afraid of Usyk. Why does he run away from Usyk? Why? Because Fury sees danger in Usyk“.