Oleksandr Usyk Targeting a Fight with Deontay Wilder Next!
Fans have heard very little from Oleksandr Uysk (20-0, 13 KOs) since his rematch win over Anthony Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs) on August 20. But that’s usually the case for the unified heavyweight champ, who prefers to let his fists do the talking. But due to his high standing among boxing’s glamor division, fans and pundits want to know his next move and his next opponent.
The 35-year-old is currently back home in his country of Ukraine. He and his manager, Egis Klimas, sat with Ring Magazine to discuss his future. When asked who he’d like to fight moving forward, Usyk’s answer may raise some eyebrows.
HE WANTS TO FIGHT WHO?
“Deontay Wilder […] Wilder is a dangerous fighter, and that fight would most likely be in the United States.”
Many observers would like to see him battle WBC belt-holder Tyson Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs). Following his win over Joshua, Usyk said he would like to fight the reigning WBC champ. However, Fury has his eye on a fight with Joshua in December. More than a few fans and pundits see Fury’s interest in Joshua as a sign he’s avoiding Usyk.
Nonetheless, a match between Usyk and Wilder would be a fascinating one. Usyk is the most skilled heavyweight in the world. His movement and boxing ability would give Wilder fits. But the ex-WBC champ is the hardest hitter in the division. He can turn a fight at any moment and has the power to take anyone out, including Usyk.
Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) is currently training for his October 15 bout against Robert Helenius at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. According to Klimas, Usyk has plans to tour the United States in October. One of his stops will be ringside for Wilder v Helenius.
IS SOMETHING BREWING?
The champ going out of his way to be in attendance is worth noting. His rematch with Joshua was his last fight with Matchroom Promotions. Usyk can make a deal and fight for any major promoter he wants. From a business standpoint, nothing is preventing the Ukraine star from seeking a bout with Wilder. It’s a pay-per-view event that would draw good numbers.
Keep an eye on this one. What we have here is a developing situation, for sure. Stay tuned to 3Kings Boxing for further updates.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.