Anthony Joshua has expressed his enthusiasm for a third fight with Oleksandr Usyk, the current unified heavyweight champion.
Usyk has beaten Joshua twice in their previous encounters, having comprehensively outmaneuvered the Brit via unanimous decisions.
However, since that moment, Joshua has made major changes in his camp, having moved to the USA and teamed up with Derrick James.
While that may add a new perspective to the rivalry, the fact of the matter is that Joshua has things closer to home to worry about. He faces Jermaine Franklin (21-1, 14 KOs) at the O2, London, on April 1st, 2023.
Defeat for Joshua in this regard would all but finish any hopes of another Usyk fight. In the event that Joshua’s plans proceed smoothly, he aims to compete against Usyk, Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and Joe Joyce.
This would suggest that undisputed is not on the boxer’s radar, but instead wanting to face the biggest names out there, with the Ukrainian being the most recent one.
In his comments to Boxing King Media, Joshua said: “I always have high expectations from myself, but against Usyk, I was in with a really good operator, and I would definitely relish the opportunity to fight him again.
“Undisputed, I’m done with that. Undisputed is a headache. I’ve been chasing that for a long time. That’s a whole headache. I’ll just get my hands on one of the titles.”