Usyk To Be Ringside for Ruiz-Joshua II
One of the most anticipated heavyweight title fights will be taking place on December 7, and a recently talked about name in the division will be there to witness it in person.
According to Eddie Hearn, former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk will be present for the upcoming rematch between Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia.
Usyk made his heavyweight debut last week, stopping Chazz Witherspoon. As a result of his moving up in weight from undisputed champion and win, Usyk is the mandatory challenger to the WBO heavyweight championship, putting him directly in line to challenge the winner of the December 7 fight.
Usyk has made it clear to Hearn, who is his and Joshua’s promoter: it’s nothing less than a title fight for his next fight.
“The instructions to me are: ‘world heavyweight championship next,'” Hearn said. “It wouldn’t hurt to have one more. But they say: ‘we have won every belt at cruiserweight, we have had our heavyweight warm-up, we are ready. My message is straight to the world title.'”
Whether or not Usyk actually gets Ruiz or Joshua in the title fight is not certain. With Kubrat Pulev as the IBF title’s mandatory challenger — so long as he defeats Rydell Booker on November 9 — it seems nearly certain that whoever wins the title fight will end up stripped of either the WBO or IBF title.
Regardless, Usyk says he expects a world title fight in early 2020 and will jump on the chance to take on Ruiz or Joshua.
“I am ready to fight them,” Usyk said. “If they are going to [offer] it to me, of course I am going to take it.”
Original Story: Sky Sports