Oleksandr Usyk defeated Anthony Joshua for the second time last month to defend the IBF, WBO, IBO and WBA belts he took from him in their first meeting last year. Joshua came more prepared than ever, but he had no solution for the truly excellent Ukrainian who celebrated again after 12 rounds.
Many believed that Usyk's next move was, logically, a fight against Tyson Fury. Even more, the twelfth month was mentioned as a possible date, but this week there was a twist: Joshua and his team reportedly accepted the match against Fury so that Usyk would have to wait there.
Oleksandr is not without options either, and he himself proposed one yesterday during the day. As reported by BoxingScene, Usyk expressed his desire to fight Deontay Wilder, and he will be at ringside when he fights Helenius.
Here's what Usyk told Ring Magazine
"I'm not p***ed off at all. The bigger problem is Tyson Fury is not letting fans see one of the best historical bouts in boxing history. That's his fault. Not mine. So, I'm not p***ed off at all.
Tyson Fury can fight whoever he wants to fight but, from the standpoint of sportsmanship, of course, it's not correct. "I have people around me who respect me, and we talk about that, I really don't care about anyone else's opinion.
I care what my people think. I have my country that I love and it's why I wanted to come back home. I'm sitting in my backyard right now and the country is at war. You hear sirens. You learn how to survive all of this. That's the most important message.
I feel personally how the rest of the world feels about us." At the very end, he said that he understands Fury's reasons for wanting to fight Joshua, but he pointed out that from a sporting point of view, it is not right.