Oleksandr Usyk reveals his retirement plans and his future opponents

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Oleksandr Usyk reveals his retirement plans and his future opponents

Oleksandr Usyk is already one of the greatest boxers of the last 10 years, and certainly the greatest of the 21st century. During his amateur career, he took all three biggest golds. He was an Olympic, world, and European champion, and in 2013 he made his professional debut.

While performing in the "cruiser" category, he united all the titles of the world champion and as an undefeated boxer, he moved to the "royal" heavyweight category. He is currently on four wins in four heavyweight appearances and is only missing the WBC belt to become the absolute heavyweight champion.

That belt is currently owned by Tyson Fury, and it is very likely that the two will face each other sometime next year. Fury wants to fight in the 12th month of this year, but Usyk has made it clear that he is not ready to fight then and Fury will probably fight Joshua in the 12th month.

If the "Gypsy King" wins that fight, all that will remain is for him and Usyk to square off for the absolute ruler of the heavyweight division. After his victory over Joshua in their second showdown, Usyk emphasized that he is now interested in Fury and no one else.

This gave the impression that Usyk could retire soon, especially if he is not paired with Fury.

Ukrainian revealed how long he plans to fight before retiring

“I can fight in my top form three more times,” Usyk said in an interview on the YouTube channel USYK17.

“Yes [I will retire after that]. Tyson Fury, Canelo Alvarez, and a farewell fight at the Olimpiyskiy [Stadium in Kyiv]. Yes, with Canelo. He wanted to fight with me. But it will be a freak fight, just for the sake of earning money.

Why not? I mean, it’s just for money. I only need to beat Fury and then it is time to retire for me,' he said. "The unification of all the belts is much more important than just a fight or another defense. I want to outbox Fury and I don't want to work that much just for another defense.

There is much more that I can achieve. It is just for money with Canelo." The last absolute heavyweight champion was Lennox Lewis who held all the titles from the 11th month of 1999 to the 4th month of 2000. So, for over 20 years, we haven't had an undisputed heavyweight champion.

As for Canelo, in the fifth month, he expressed his desire to fight Usyk, but on the condition that neither fighter is over 91.2 kg. It would be a huge jump in weight for Canelo, but the Mexican has been somewhat grounded after being defeated by Dmitry Bivol at 79 kilograms.

The size difference between Usyk and Canelo would be drastic and the Ukrainian would be the heavy favorite. The match against Fury actually makes the most sense for Usyk at the moment, and we hope to actually see that fight next year.