Anthony Joshua Values Respect, But Could Step Aside For Tyson Fury-Oleksandr Usyk If ‘Money Is Right’
Oleksandr Usyk-Tyson Fury could happen sooner than later, but at a price.
Anthony Joshua said that he’s willing to step aside from his Usyk rematch to let the three-belt champion face Fury, the WBC heavyweight king, if “the money is right.”
“I wanted to make sure I made the smart moves when it comes to this business,” Joshua added.
“So for me, if the money is right, we have to look at it. But respect for me has a lot more value than money.”
Fans began to question Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) and his skills following his unanimous decision loss to Usyk.
The British heavyweight was outboxed by the Ukrainian. Fans criticized Joshua for not utilizing his height and weight more.
Joshua requested the rematch almost immediately after the loss.
There’s been commotion within the division as the fight between interim WBC Dillian Whyte and challenger Otto Wallin fell through; the winner was going to become mandatory for Fury.
Whyte then requested to face Fury, and it looked like it was going to happen, but an arbitration has put that to a halt. Fury said he’s not going to wait on Whyte.
Now, Joshua is aiming to regain his belts from Usyk, which was targeted to happen in the spring of 2022, but there could be a change of plans.
“In terms of step aside, I don’t know if that goes in line with what I morally stand for. But I want to be known as one of the smartest businessmen as well,” Joshua said.