Oleksandr Usyk Is The Ring’s New Top Heavyweight, Says He Wants Anthony Joshua Rematch Then Unification Match
Oleksandr Usyk continues to make headlines after he earned a major upset-win over Anthony Joshua Saturday night in London.
Usyk, the new IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion, has jumped The Ring’s heavyweight rankings and taken over the No. 1 spot. The new champion also said he will have his rematch against Joshua in “February or March” of next year, according to his promoter Alexander Krassyuk.
“The rematch was written in our contract,” Krassyuk said on Tuesday at a press conference in Ukraine.
“When we were talking to Oleksandr about the rematch, he wasn’t upset. On the contrary, he was happy. He was glad and said: ‘Oh, cool! I will beat up Anthony twice!’”
Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) was previously No. 4 in Ring’s pound-for-pound rankings and No. 10 in heavyweight rankings. But after beating Joshua by scores of 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113, he’s been bumped up to the No. 1 spot in the division rankings, right behind Ring’s rated champ Tyson Fury.
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Each panelist of the Ring’s Rating Panel weighed in on the choice, and agreed it is arguably the right move. They also touched on Usyk’s place in pound-for-pound rankings.
“The P4P top spot is between Canelo and Usyk right now,” panelist Michael Montero said. “I give the edge to Usyk; here’s why…”
“I don’t know if the panel will agree with me or not, but I feel that Ukrainian’s win over Joshua outweighs Canelo’s entire super middleweight run,” he added. “Usyk is the finest technician in the sport and did something truly historic last night in London.”
For the rematch, the Ukrainian boxer reportedly said he wants staged at the Olimpiyski Stadium in Kiev, but Joshua and his side are looking to have the second fight in the UK.
Joshua immediately said he wanted to go for the rematch after the loss – and walking out of the ring – while Usyk said he was looking forward to spending time with his family.
After the rematch, Usyk said he’ll want to unify the belt against the winner of Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder III.