Oleksandr Usyk had achieved the coveted undisputed status at cruiserweight, the first boxer in the weight class to do so. Now, the Ukrainian has emerged as the new unified heavyweight champion, and is just one belt away from achieving undisputed status at heavyweight, and Usyk feels that once he gets the fourth belt around his waist, it will be a very loud statement from him.
Former unified heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua suffered a shocking loss when he lost his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO titles to Oleksandr Usyk, who is the reigning unified champion, winning the fight via unanimous decision at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on 25th September. The rematch is speculated to be in the works already and alongside Joshua himself exercising an immediate rematch clause within the first quarter of 2022, his promoter Eddie Hearn has also hinted that Usyk vs Joshua 2 will definitely take place by early April next year.
Oleksandr Usyk says he “is ready for any kind of fight” ahead of Anthony Joshua rematch
With three of the four belts already under his name, “The Cat” is just one fight away from becoming undisputed, even though the fight will definitely be his toughest challenge as its none other than Tyson Fury, the WBC champion whom Usyk needs to defeat.
Even though he was the underdog back in September, Usyk is clearly seen as the favourite ahead of his Joshua rematch, and the 34-year-old’s immediate target after a successful title defense vs AJ is definitely going to be an encounter with “The Gypsy King”.
“My life has changed, but my rules definitely did not,” Usyk said in an interview with Forbes, “I still live by my own principles and standards. In terms of recognition, yes. I’ve been in a couple of European countries after the win, and it’s been a lot more people coming up to me.”
“My mental state was fine before the fight with Joshua as it was after. I always knew what I was working toward. I was going straight up to my goals. Of course, it can change. That’s how things are. The victory happens and people are changing their [views about me], and it’s their right. However, I felt before Joshua that I would just keep working on my state of being prepared,” the Ukrainian went on, “If I get those four belts, it will be a very loud statement from me.”
“I’m not worried if Joshua is ready to fight. Oleksandr is ready for any kind of fight,” said Usyk regarding the Joshua rematch, “Of course, he’s going to change everything. Everything will be new.” [H/T Boxingscene.com]
- Unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk believes becoming undisputed will be a loud statement from him
- The Ukrainian defeated Anthony Joshua back in September and after the rematch next year, will be required to win the WBC belt from Tyson Fury for undisputed status