Boxing: If Anthony Joshua ‘allows’ an undisputed fight, Oleksandr Usyk is open to fighting Tyson Fury next, according to his promoter

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Source: Skysports

Boxing: According to his promoter Alexander Krassyuk, Oleksandr Usyk “heard that Anthony Joshua would contemplate stepping away” and is willing to face Tyson Fury to determine the undisputed champion.

It has also been stated that Chinese heavyweight challenger Zhilei Zhang “heard talk” that Joshua is considering a new match.

Joshua has already activated a rematch clause and will face Usyk for the IBF, WBA, and WBO championships he lost to the Ukrainian great next year.

The rematch is planned for 2022, however, no date or site has been set.

Because Joshua and Usyk appear to be on a collision path, and Dillian Whyte has not been declared as his mandatory challenger, Fury, the unbeaten WBC champion who has twice annihilated Deontay Wilder, has no competition for a return in February or March.

According to Usyk’s promoter, Krassyuk, Joshua may free up the division by changing his intentions and accepting a different fight: “Since Fury’s KO of Wilder, there has been chatter of AJ stepping down.

“I heard that if the money is good, Joshua would consider stepping away because he respects the division and is willing to let the undisputed heavyweight championship materialise.

“If the offer is right and AJ allows it, Usyk believes he can fight Fury next.”

Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, did not respond to Krassyuk but informed Sky Sports that preparations were being made for a rematch with Usyk.

Hearn said last month that “AJ is already in camp physically and mentally for the Usyk rematch, and it’s all he’s thought about since the night of the first fight.”

In 51 fights together, Fury and Usyk have never lost and had every heavyweight title.

Bob Arum, who promotes Fury in the United States for Top Rank, recently told Sky Sports: “If Joshua declines to fight Usyk in a rematch and decides to step aside, the fight we want to see is between Usyk and Fury.

“The winner of the undisputed fight will then face Joshua.

“That’s exactly what Tyson wants. And I am Tyson’s representative. He prefers it that way.”

Zhang, the unbeaten Chinese contender who added a knockout victory to his record last weekend, is eager to fight Joshua if the opportunity arises.

Zhang’s adviser Terry Lane told Sky Sports, “We heard some discussion regarding AJ [needing a new opponent], which we are open to.”

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