Joshua Wants Usyk Just To Say He Beat Him
Unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has been compelled by both the WBO and IBF to fight their respective mandatory challengers.
Joshua, who won the titles back from Andy Ruiz Jr in December has one of the two at the top of his list for 2020 opponents.
“I want opponents like [Oleksandr] Usyk to say that I’ve defeated them,” Joshua told Sky Sports. “He uses his feet very well, and positions his hands well. You can’t hit him because his feet move so well. If you do manage to catch him, [the punches] are brushing off the gloves.”
“What I’d do, as I have done already, is study him – from his footwork, his hand positioning, to his openings. Then I’d go to former people who have faced him and find out information on how to defeat him.
“Usyk is a great cruiserweight, the undisputed cruiserweight champion, who has decided to move up to heavyweight to mix it with the big boys,” Joshua said in-regards to the WBO mandatory challenger. “He’s still exploring the division but he wants a piece of the big pie – he’s more than welcome to try to take this out of my hands.”
While Usyk is on the top of Joshua’s list, IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev is slated to be Joshua’s next opponent for the champion’s return to the United Kingdom in the spring of this year.