Manager: Usyk Will Need a Fight or Two Before Joshua Title Fight

Egis Klimas, the manager for WBO, IBF, WBC, WBA cruiserweight world champion Oleksandr Usyk, says his boxer would need a max of two fights at heavyweight to be ready for a clash with WBO, IBF, WBA, IBO champion Anthony Joshua.

Last Saturday night, Usyk fought in what is likely his final bout at cruiserweight - as he knocked out Tony Bellew in the eight round at the Manchester Arena.

Usyk recently signed on with promoter Eddie Hearn, who also guides the career of Joshua.

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Klimas indicates that his boxer will not rush to a clash with Joshua, he will make the move in a smart manner.

"If we move to heavyweight we need to move very professionally, so it may take a few months for him [Usyk] to prepare," said Klimas to Sky Sports.

"We won't be going for Joshua in the first fight [at heavyweight], he will need a fight or two against the bigger guys. But he will be a very, very good heavyweight. He will bring his speed and he has shown he has the power. The target for the team is to fight the best in the division."

Joshua is scheduled to make a defense of his world title on April 13th at Wembley Staidum in London.

He will face the winner of next month's WBC title clash between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury or the rematch victor between Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora.

But Usyk could very well become Joshua's opponent for the fall of 2019 - if everything goes as planned.

"That's [Joshua] the one they want," said the Matchroom Boxing boss.

"Joshua will only fight twice next year, so it will be the one after. It won't be the first one, because I think Usyk will want to fight at heavyweight first. There are loads of fights out there for him."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by robbyheartbaby on 11-13-2018

[QUOTE=landotter;19270298]Kind of where I am. Usyk can absolutely fight at above 200. Problem is... how far above 200 and still be effective? He needs to get to about 220 and see how he handles it. If he can't keep his…

Comment by landotter on 11-13-2018

[QUOTE=robbyheartbaby;19267357]I would like to see Usyk take 2 or 3 fights at heavyweight to see if all this is a good idea or not..[/QUOTE] Kind of where I am. Usyk can absolutely fight at above 200. Problem is... how far…

Comment by earl-hickey on 11-13-2018

[QUOTE=JimRaynor;19267627]The question will come down to whether Usyk can take AJ's Right hand, because as a southpaw he is bound to see it. If he can withstand the power he has a chance of out boxing AJ.[/QUOTE] Personally I wouldnt…

Comment by Boxingfanatic75 on 11-13-2018

[QUOTE=Muz;19268191]Usyk would knock Wilder out right now, with no tune up. He needs two fights to be anywhere near ready for AJ: Fight 1. David Price or Hughie Fury Fight 2. Parker or Chisora vs Whyte loser. Usyk should really…

Comment by Boxingfanatic75 on 11-13-2018

[QUOTE=MisanthropicNY;19267555]He can KO Wilder right now without a tune up.[/QUOTE] Ha ha good luck getting past that reach and beyond the hardest hitting HW in the division. But ya you said it so it must certainly be true

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