Oleksandr Usyk Sends Warning To Tyson Fury And Deontay Wilder
Despite previous reports, WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk has his eyes set on just one boxer.
And that boxer is Tyson Fury – for now. Usyk said that he wants to take on the WBC heavyweight champion first before turning his attention to former champion Deontay Wilder.
“After I get rid of Tyson Fury, then we’re gonna talk to Deontay Wilder,” Usyk told ESNEWS.
Usyk is coming off a successful title defense against former champion Anthony Joshua, who he first stunned with an upset victory back in September 2021.
The two had a contracted rematch clause, which Joshua triggered not too long after his loss. They met for the second time in August of this year and Usyk, once again, outclassed AJ.
After the fight, Fury said on social media that he would easily defeat Usyk. Usyk later told the media that a fight with Fury would be a “dream” and that he doesn’t want any other bout other than that.
But then, Fury got caught up in rumored talks that he was going to face Joshua next. Usyk also said that he was not going to fight again until 2023. When the talks of the Joshua fight temporarily flopped, Fury moved onto former rival Derek Chisora.
But, a super fight with Joshua ultimately fell through, and now Fury is booked to fight Chisora on December 3 and defend his title.
In the midst of talks for Fury’s next opponent, Usyk said that he would turn to Wilder if he couldn’t fight Fury next.
Wilder just returned to the ring after a year layoff following back-to-back losses to Fury. He dominated Robert Helenius in the first round on October 15.
Reports, however, now say that Wilder will be ordered to fight former unified champion Andy Ruiz Jr in another title eliminator.
Usyk’s assistant coach Sergey Lapin told ESNEWS that he wasn’t that impressed with Wilder.
“This guy is very simple. He goes out and hits and he has a very strong punch. He compensates for his lack of technique,” Lapin said.