Oleksandr Usyk has emphasized the importance of arranging the undisputed heavyweight title bout against Tyson Fury.
Usyk currently holds the WBO, WBA, and IBF heavyweight championship titles after winning two times in a row against Anthony Joshua.
Fury, on the other hand, is the WBC champion. Negotiations for an undisputed heavyweight title fight are currently underway, but no agreement has been reached.
The last time the heavyweight division had an undisputed champion was in 1999, when Lennox Lewis defeated Evander Holyfield. With that being said, the fight is more important than ever.
Oleksandr Usyk on Tyson Fury: "I just need this fight and that's it. I think he needs it to. This fight is very important for both of us because all belts haven't been held by one person for 30 years in the heavyweight division. So both of us need this fight." [@WeAreTheOverlap]
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Usyk anticipates facing a tougher opponent in Fury than he did in Joshua, but he remains unfazed. Having previously held the title of undisputed champion at cruiserweight, Usyk is confident that he can achieve the same again.
His source of motivation comes from his nation’s struggle against the Russian invasion. After all, he was a member of the Ukrainian defense forces during the initial phase of the full-scale conflict last year.
“I’m not afraid of Tyson Fury. This will be like any other fight. It’s just a big man who has never lost before against a man who has the WBC belt.
“I’m boxing for everyone who is defending our country right now and in the memory of those warriors who are no longer with us,” Usyk.