Egis Klimas, the manager of WBO, IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, says Deontay Wilder is certainly a realistic option for his boxer's next fight.
Wilder, a former WBC world champion, is returning to the ring on October 15th, when he faces Robert Helenius at the Barclays Center in Las Vegas.
Usyk was in action back in August, when he outboxed Anthony Joshua to secure a twelve round decision win in their rematch.
The Ukrainian boxer is looking to get in the ring with current WBC champion Tyson Fury in the first quarter of 2023.
But, Fury is looking to stay busy by taking a fight on December 3 - potentially against Joshua.
“Hopefully everything is going to line up [with the Fury fight] and we will see,” Usyk’s manager, Klimas, told Talk Sport.
“I’m hearing [Fury] wants to fight on December 3, which we don’t have a big problem with. But, on the other side, it’s boxing and things happen, breaking hands, breaking legs and stuff like that, so it’s hard to predict, but fingers crossed we are going to be ready. From our side, we are going to be ready 100 percent, so if the fight does not happen, don’t blame our team.”
However, if for whatever reason Fury is not available to fight early next year - then Usyk will turn his attention to Wilder - provided he defeats Helenius.
“It is a very possible fight,” Klimas said, “and actually, [Usyk] called and said, ‘if Fury’s not available and we cannot fight Fury, I would like to fight Deontay Wilder’. So, I asked him why and he said, ‘because he’s a risky fighter and I like that’.”
Wilder's two career defeats came at the hands of the same fighter, Tyson Fury. In their dramatic trilogy, Wilder scored four knockdowns on Fury.