WBO, IBF, IBO, WBA World Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua prefers Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk over Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev as his next opponent, VRinge reports.
Joshua regained his belt after a successful rematch against Andy Ruiz. However, the two organizations obliged him to fight mandatory challengers: WBO compelled Joshua to fight Usyk even before Usyk’s debut in the heavyweight division and IBF insisted on a duel with Kubrat Pulev.
"To be honest, I have a preference. But I do not want to talk about it so much that it does not seem disrespectful to another fighter. I prefer to fight the boxer who is better. And you know who is stronger on paper. Yes, I have a preference. But I have already come across the underestimation of the opponent. This is a mistake that I cannot repeat once again. I don't want that to happen,” Joshua stated.
“I consider both contenders real killers, very dangerous fighters. And I would prefer a fight with someone who is more dangerous. Despite the fact that they are both very good, Usyk has still achieved much more in boxing. He is the winner of the Olympic Games and former undisputed cruiserweight champion. He decided to move to heavyweight division. He has a good record. That is why I would like to fight him. He is really good," Joshua said.
As we reported earlier, Newly crowned IBF champion in the lightweight division Teofimo Lopez told that unification bout against Vasyl Lomachenko is expected to take place in the middle of April, Boxing News 24 informed.
According to Lopez, negotiations are being held and there are two potential dates – April 11/18 2020. Teofimo wants the bout to take place in New York.