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Boxing news: Oleksandr Usyk gives brilliant reply when asked who he’d prefer to fight – Anthony Joshua or Tys – talkSPORT.com



March 22, 2020
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Oleksandr Usyk has previously proved that he does not fear anybody in boxing.

During his reign as cruiserweight champion, the Ukrainian cleaned out his entire division, travelling to every other champion’s home country to dethrone them in front of their own fans.

Oleksandr Usyk wants to become heavyweight champion of the world

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Oleksandr Usyk wants to become heavyweight champion of the world

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This included wins over WBO champion Krzysztof Glowacki in Poland, WBC champion Mairis Briedis in Latvia and WBA & IBF champion Murat Gassiev in Russia.

On top of this, Usyk also conquered Michael Hunter in America and Tony Bellew in the UK.

Now, the unbeaten 33-year-old has moved up to heavyweight and is scheduled to face his first real test againstDerek Chisora in London on May 23.

Joshua has three of the heavyweight belts

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Joshua has three of the heavyweight belts

Due to his status as undisputed cruiserweight king and WBO ‘super’ champion, Usyk has automatically been promoted to become the WBO’s mandatory challenger at heavyweight.

This means that, providing he beats Chisora, he will be next in line to challenge unified WBA, IBF & WBO champion Anthony Joshua.

His other option would be to take on WBC title-holder Tyson Fury.

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Tyson Fury brought the WBC belt back to Britain

When asked which of the two elite heavyweights he wants to try and dethrone, Usyk gave a brilliant reply.

He simply toldSky: “I want to fight both.”

Usyk added: “The last thing I think about is who will fight who. No predictions.”

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