Usyk Has Studied Joshua For A Possible Fight
With just under two weeks remaining until he defends his undisputed cruiserweight championship against Tony Bellew, Oleksandr Usyk admitted that a fight with Anthony Joshua is in his future.
Usyk was ringside for Joshua’s win in September against Alexander Povetkin and has seen marked progress from the first time he saw the unified world champion at the World Championships in 2011.
“I saw him for the first time at the 2011 World Championship finals against Magomedrasul Majidov. It was a great fight and after this fight I said he is going to be the Olympic champion in London,” Usyk exclusively told Sky Sports.
“I watched all his fights in London at the Olympic games and of course his professional fights as well. I am interested in him, I mean it is interesting to watch his fights.”
“Yes, I watched this fight and I really liked it,” said Usyk of Joshua’s stoppage of Povetkin at Wembley Stadium. “I like how Alexander was set up, it was intriguing, or it was Anthony Joshua’s plan – it wasn’t a successful plan at the beginning.
“I really liked the atmosphere at Wembley and I would like to box there too.”
When asked about some of Joshua’s strengths, Usyk added: “Absolutely nothing out of the ordinary. The fighter is quite well trained, I do not see anything not ordinary.”
Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassyuk claims “the boxing world would desire” the cruiserweight to step up for a heavyweight showdown with Joshua, a move more likely after he signed a deal with Matchroom Boxing, Joshua’s promotional team.
“Do you know I cannot tell you in advance before this fight happens,” Krassyuk said. “When promoters start negotiations between Usyk and Joshua, then I will get ready for that.
“If you want to make God smile, tell him your plans. Do you understand that my father raised me not to tell what hasn’t happened yet.”
Initial Report: Sky Sports