Oleksandr Usyk is interested in colliding with former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
Usyk is the WBO mandatory for current unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua which would make him the next challenger in a title fight.
However, the priority for Joshua and his team is to unify the division completely in a fight with current WBC heavyweight king Tyson Fury as negotiations are ongoing with a few hurdles to clear.
One of them is getting permission from the WBO to allow Joshua to fight Fury first instead of Usyk which according to Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, shouldn’t be a major issue.
Whenever a fight with Joshua does eventually happen, Usyk hopes it takes place in the United Kingdom.
“As for me I don’t care where the fight takes place, I will put up a show wherever,” Usyk told The Sun. “However, I think Britain would be really cool because they are really great fans and really nice people.”
For now, it looks like the Ukrainian will have to wait.
In the meantime, however, he is interested in another big fight in the heavyweight division — one with Wilder.
“There are a lot of guys who I would like to fight and would be happy to fight, like Deontay Wilder,” Usyk said.
Of course, Wilder hasn’t competed since suffering a seventh-round TKO defeat to Fury back in February.
He is currently in a mediation process with Fury’s team as he still hopes to get his trilogy fight with the Briton.
Before that, he provided a number of extraordinary excuses for his defeat to Fury from his walkout costume being too heavy, his coach spiking his water and Fury using weights in his gloves.
But as far as Usyk is concerned, Fury’s win was legitimate.
“I wouldn’t want to comment on his allegations but I do think the defeat was fair,” he added. “Tyson Fury was the better boxer at the time.”
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