Usyk’s Promoter Rules Out A Joshua Trilogy

Oleksandr Usyk’s promoter, Alex Krassyuk, has ruled out a trilogy fight with Anthony Joshua

Krassyuk’s comments were made in response to suggestions that Joshua would face the winner of Usyk vs. Tyson Fury. Mauricio Sulaiman, the WBC President, is willing to order Joshua to face the undisputed champion. Fury and Usyk fight for the Undisputed Heavyweight Championship on May 18. 

Joshua is line to take on the winner after stopping Francis Ngannou with a second-round knockout. The Brit knows the challenges of facing Usyk, having lost consecutive fights. His first defeat to the Ukrainian happened in 2021, losing a unanimous decision. Usyk won the WBA, WBO and IBF belts, becoming the Unified Heavyweight Champion. In the rematch, Joshua lost a split decision. However, if Usyk beats Fury, Krassyuk dismissed the likelihood of a fight. 

“I am not sure AJ wants the third one deep in his heart. It seems to be dangerous. It might look like a gambling addiction to many. After you’ve lost money on roulette, you come back full of confidence. You bet twice or three times more than you’ve lost, expecting your bet to win. But in the end, you realize that you have lost everything.

“One more thing that makes their third fight less probable is the sequence of the mandatories. As we all know, the next stop of the carousel is IBF, not the WBC. No matter who wins, the rematch goes next as we will enforce it. And even if the IBF let it [the mandatory] go, after the second fight – the IBF is next in line, not the WBC,” Krassyuk said

For Joshua to secure an undisputed fight, Fury would have to beat Usyk. They have a rematch clause, meaning the Brit would not be in the conversation for undisputed until 2025. However, Joshua could still take on Fury even if the Gypsy King loses to Usyk. It is a huge British-domestic clash, capable of selling out at Wembley. But the fight becomes even bigger if it is for all the belts. 

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