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Boxing: Usyk to fight with Joshua in late 2019

The promoters of our boxer talk about the future plans
15:39, 12 September 2018

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World heavyweight champion, Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk will have a fight with British Anthony Joshua in late 2019, as Oleksandr Krassyuk, Usyk’s promoter, told Sky News.

“Once he starts his journey in the elite division he would be looking for the heart of the king, and Joshua is the king at heavyweight right now. So I can anticipate that Usyk vs Joshua could be something really, really extraordinary in modern boxing. We will make our best to make it happen by the end of next year. Bellew is not a kid to get knocked out easily. We should not step too far ahead. But if Usyk wins, he will definitely move to heavyweight,” Krassyuk said.

Related: Boxing: Usyk-Bellew bout could be held in Manchester, Liverpool or London, - Bellew's promoter

Edward Hearn, a British boozing promoter, spoke about the fight with Joshua. Recently, Oleksandr Usyk signed a contract with Hearn’s company Matchroom boxing, which also deals with Bellew and Joshua affairs.

“When I sign a boxer, I sign him to do something. If Usyk beats Bellew, I  see the transfer to the heavyweight and a possibility to fight with Joshua. When I asked Joshua about Usyk… By the way, Joshua loves Usyk, he thinks he is a great boxer. He likes watching his fights. I asked Anthony about the final of Super Series. He said that he liked that fight. It was a great fight. Lots of things are going on, but I don’t sign the boxers to back out. I signed Usyk to bring him to the fight with Joshua. So we’ll see,” Hearn said.

Related: Boxing: Usyk-Bellew bout could be held on November 10

Earlier, the fight of Usyk and Bellew might be held in early November in Manchester, Liverpool and London. WBA, which obligated Usyk’s team to start talks on the fight with Russian Denis Lebedyev, can make some troubles.

Related: Usyk comments politics’ reaction on his victory in Moscow

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