Some people think Oleksandr Usyk will make easy work of Anthony Joshua in their rematch on August 20.
One of those people is Top Rank CEO Bob Arum. Arum seems to have no problem assuming that Usyk will retain his IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles.
“I’ll let you know in a few weeks when the Usyk-Joshua fight takes place,” Arum said on Barbershop Conversations.
“I’m hoping that Usyk wins because I’ve talked with his people, and I think they would be anxious to fight Tyson Fury and I would hope to do that fight in December maybe or early next year.”
Usyk recorded his career-defining upset win against Joshua when they first met in September 2021. The little-known Ukrainian boxer became a sensation when he defeated the British boxer by unanimous decision.
If Fury and Usyk were to fight, it would finally crown an undisputed heavyweight champion. Fury holds the last title – the WBC – and last defended it when he took out mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte in April.
Fury, however, has insisted that that was his last fight, but Arum continues to tease otherwise.
Joshua will enter the contracted rematch as an underdog. It’ll also mark his 12th heavyweight title fight.
The Brit became a unified heavyweight champion when he stunned Wladimir Klitschko by TKO in the 11th round in 2017.
Now in order to gain that back, Joshua has made a few changes to his corner, including adding on new head trainer Robert Garcia, but Arum still isn’t convinced.
“Robert Garcia is an excellent trainer. He trains a lot of our fighters. We have great respect for him. Whether he is able to train a big heavyweight, I just don’t know. As far as being a competent trainer he’s one of the best,” Arum added.
“I don’t think he can turn Joshua into what Joshua isn’t. I just think Usyk is a much better fighter, much smarter fighter and I can’t see how Joshua can beat him, but heavyweights are heavyweights.”