Oleksandr Usyk is not only confident of beating Anthony Joshua in their rematch, he’s confident he will beat Tyson Fury, too, if the two champions meet to unify the heavyweight division.
Former cruiserweight Usyk produced a big upset in the ring last month when he stunned Joshua to win the Brit’s belts, outclassing and outscoring AJ over 12 rounds at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Joshua was graceful in defeat but immediately triggered a rematch clause, with the fighter set to face the 34-year-old Ukrainian again in a bid to win back his titles.
However, Usyk has revealed he’s already got his sights beyond the AJ rematch, and a possible future fight to dethrone the Gypsy King.
And he aimed a dig at Fury and his big mouth, saying only he believes he is the ‘king of kings’
Asked if he can see a massive unification fight with Fury in the future, Usyk told The Sun: “Yes, of course, I do regard this fight a huge one. I see him as a very good fighter, good athlete, he talks a lot, he has a tongue.
“He claims he’s the king of the kings, but it’s only he who thinks that. That’s what I can say about him.”
On Fury‘s style, whether he has gloves on his hands or a microphone in them, he added: “I can’t comment much on his style because every fighter has his own style according to his own abilities and his own tendencies.
“So, I think the main thing is his style brings him the victories.
“That’s the main thing. Some people like it, some people do not. But he is successful.”
Usyk also issued a warning to Fury, insisting he does all his talking in the ring.
The Gypsy King certainly has the gift of the gab, and lays it on thick in the build-up to his fights tin an attempt to land a mental punch before the first bell is even rung.
But it appears that won’t work on straight-talking Usyk, who defied the odds and the pre-fight clamour to beat Joshua in his London home.
“Before my Joshua fight everyone was saying that I haven’t got a single chance to win and beat Joshua,” he said.
“I used to hear those types of things throughout my life, but I am capable of beating Fury because I’m not boasting that I can just punish and beat every boxer in the world, but I just go to the gym and do my job.
“I train hard, I work hard, I put all my effort in. I’m not trying to present myself as the king of the Universe.
“I do what I have to do. I concentrate and I’m focused and I get the result according to my effort.”
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