Anthony Joshua ready to do 'it all again' after Usyk loss
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Oleksandr Usyk has issued a strong warning to both Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder ahead of their title fight this weekend, as the Ukrainian eyes a bout against the eventual winner. The Ukrainian sent shockwaves through the heavyweight division after shocking Anthony Joshua in north London on September 25.
Speaking ahead of his fellow heavyweights’ fight in Las Vegas, Usyk admitted he ‘doesn’t care’ who he has to fight out of the pair, as long as he gets a shot at the eventual winner.
The Ukrainian himself is now a heavyweight champion, after he defeated Joshua thanks to a boxing masterclass just under two weeks ago in front of 65,000 on foreign soil at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Following his victory, it is now believed that his opponent Joshua will inevitably activate a rematch release clause that will see the pair face off once again, however Usyk has his eyes on the bigger prize.
Speaking about the trilogy fight between Fury and Wilder this weekend, which the 34-year-old will be watching, Usyk told DAZN: “I don’t think too much about who wins. It will be a good fight.
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“Don’t write Deontay Wilder off since he always has the knock-out punch.
“I will watch it for sure and I am curious who wins.
“I will fight with whoever holds the last belt. I don’t care if it is Wilder or Fury.”
With a fight between the eventual winner on the cards, the Ukranian of course will take added interest in the fight. Despite this, he is refusing to lay his cards on the table and predict who will reign supreme.
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He added: “No, I am not good at making predictions. The only prediction I give you is that I’ll have a fantastic dinner tonight.”
The 34-year-old’s remarkable performance against Joshua in London has been regarded by many as one of the best in recent times, and when he rightly claimed his title following unanimous decision an emotional Usyk broke down into tears of joy.
Following his superb showing, he told Sky Sports whilst still in the ring: “This means [so] much for me, a lot. The fight went exactly the way I expected it to go, there were a couple of moments when Anthony pushed me hard but nothing special.”
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After dominating throughout the fight, Usyk admitted he had no plans to try and knock out the Englishman in the latter rounds after his corner assured him that he didn’t need to.
He added: “I had no objective to knock him out because my trainers, my corner pushed me not to do that so at the beginning I hit him hard and tried to knock him out but then my trainers said just stop and do your job.”
Usyk’s win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium also ensured he wrote his name into boxing’s history books, as he became just the third cruiserweight to become a heavyweight world champion after Evander Holyfield and David Haye.
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