Oleksandr Usyk may have an interesting, if tad redundant, contingency plan in place if a fight with Tyson Fury fails to get off the ground.
Usyk, the WBO, WBA, IBO and IBF heavyweight champion, said in a recent interview that he would be receptive to the idea of facing Anthony Joshua in a third fight, in the event that he cannot land an undisputed showdown with WBC titlist Tyson Fury. Usyk, moreover, suggested that a potential Joshua trilogy could take place in Usyk’s homeland of Ukraine, specifically at the gargantuan Olympic National Sports Complex in Kiev.
“If Fury doesn’t agree I think we could try to have another fight,” Usyk said of fighting Joshua in an interview with Parimatch, gambling website. “We already had a match in London and in Saudi Arabia as well, so the next one could be at the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv.”
Usyk, 35, had related in a previous interview that he is looking to fight three more times before hanging up the gloves and mentioned a “farewell” fight in Kiev as one of them.
Another Usyk-Joshua fight, however, may strike the boxing public as redundant, given the fact that Uysk won their two fights somewhat handily. In the first fight, Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs) defeated Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs) on points (unanimous) at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London last September. Last month, the southpaw Usyk defeated Joshua again, also on points (albeit via split scorecards), in their 12-round affair in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. While many observers believe Joshua did much better in the rematch, the consensus appears to be that Usyk simply has the former champion’s number.
Usyk and Fury initially appeared to be in serious talks to face each other, but the two quickly arrived at an impasse concerning the date. Fury wanted to fight by the end of the year, while Usyk, citing pre existing injuries and his family, had no intention of getting back into the ring until sometime later in the following year. Since then Fury has pursued a deal to fight his countryman Joshua in December but it is looking increasingly likely that Fury will instead fight Mahmoud Charr.
Usyk has also said he wants to fight undisputed 168-pound champion Canelo Alvarez in a catchweight bout.