Oleksandr Usyk names Deontay Wilder as new target opponent and slams Tyson Fury after WBC champ agrees terms with Anthony Joshua instead


Oleksandr Usyk has now said he wants to fight Deontay Wilder next.

The unified WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight champion from Ukraine retained his titles by beating Anthony Joshua again in their rematch last month.

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Usyk is the WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight champion

In the aftermath, Usyk insisted his target would be WBC champion Tyson Fury in an undisputed fight to unify all four belts.

However, after Usyk said he wouldn’t be ready to return to the ring in December, Fury focused on a fight with Joshua.

It has now been agreed for December 3, with the promoters in talks to try to finalize the contracts.

Fury said he wanted to face Usyk after that but it seems the Ukrainian is far from convinced and slammed the Briton for denying fans the uncontested fight.

“I don’t have a lot of feelings about it,” Usyk told Ring Magazine of Fury vs Joshua being in the works, “I don’t care if Fury wants to fight anybody.

“My team is working on getting me back in the ring.

Fury is the WBC world heavyweight champion

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Fury is the WBC world heavyweight champion

“And no, no, I’m not upset at all.

“The biggest problem is that Tyson Fury isn’t letting fans see one of the best historic fights in boxing history.

” It’s his fault. Not mine. So I’m not upset at all.

“Tyson Fury can fight whoever he wants to fight.

“From a sportsmanship point of view, of course, that’s not right.”

Joshua lost his WBA, IBF and WBO titles to Usyk, but can now challenge for the WBC

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Joshua lost his WBA, IBF and WBO titles to Usyk, but can now challenge for the WBC

When asked who he would like to fight next, Usyk replied, “Deontay Wilder.

“Wilder is a dangerous fighter, and this fight would most likely take place in the United States.”

Usyk added that he intended to be at ringside to watch Wilder’s comeback fight against Robert Helenius on October 15 in New York.

And Eddie Hearn thinks the Ukrainian would win “comfortably”.

His manager Egis Klimas then gave his opinion on the situation.

“Usyk is the heavyweight champion of the world and look how many statements Fury has made in the last few months,” Klimas pointed out.

Wilder is the former WBC heavyweight champion and is now expected to return on October 15

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Wilder is the former WBC heavyweight champion and is now expected to return on October 15

“He’s retiring, he’s not retiring, he’s fighting Usyk, he’s not Usyk, and now he’s fighting Joshua.

“You really don’t know what Fury is going to do next.

“If you look into his past everything that’s happened, Fury always caused a problem when it came to getting an undisputed world champion. He’s unpredictable.

“What happens when Joshua fights his ass? What will happen next?

“They will go to a rematch, which will put off the chance of having an undisputed world champion.

Klimas is Usyk's manager

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Klimas is Usyk’s manager

“I think Fury is most likely afraid of Usyk. Why is he running away from Usyk? Why? Because Fury sees danger in Usyk.

“You know what, we’re not chasing after him. We have three belts. He has a belt. We do not care? This is a situation that Fury created. Not Usyk.

“Usyk would fight Tyson Fury in his backyard. Usyk would fight anyone in his backyard.

“Usyk would like to fight Wilder, but whoever wins this fight [Wilder vs Helenius] would be next for Usyk.

“Usyk is not like Fury. He is looking for winners and not losers.



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