Usyk: Joshua Would Be Much Harder For Me Than Andy Ruiz

Former undisputed cruiserweight world champion Oleksandr Usyk views Anthony Joshua as a much tougher fight than Andy Ruiz.

Last year, Usyk unified the entire cruiserweight division, and then announced a move to heavyweight a few months later.

He was scheduled to debut at heavyweight back in May, but the fight was pushed back after Usyk suffered an injury in training camp.


Usyk had Joshua as his dream opponent - but that plan came crashing down last month, when Ruiz pulled off a massive upset by stopping Joshua in seven rounds to capture the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight titles.

A rematch is going to take place - and Usyk is crossing his fingers that Joshua comes out on top.

He hopes to one day face Joshua in a huge stadium fight.

"[I want] Anthony Joshua at Wembley," answered Usyk to Sky Sports. "I think it would be much harder for me to fight Joshua than Ruiz.

"I was asked the question 'whom would I like to fight' and of course I named the three best heavyweights today in the division [Joshua, Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury]. If you want to be the best, you have to fight the best and these guys today are the best ones. If I'm going to be fighting just the regular guys, I'm just going to be a regular guy on the line, I want to be on top of it."

According to Usyk, his canceled fight with Carlos Takam is being rescheduled for the fall.

"I am also very much waiting for the bout. I am already tired not to fight, just to train and train. I am ready for the hard work, I'm ready to prepare for the fight and I'm looking forward to my debut as a heavyweight," Usyk said.

"Yesterday we had a meeting with Eddie Hearn and we talked about that, so it looks like it's going to be in September but most likely in October. We're talking about the United States. We don't know 100 percent yet but Eddie was saying it would most likely be Takam."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by M Bison on 07-25-2019

[QUOTE=Cutthroat;19925623]One sided? Lol Usyk was losing before the stoppage. Bellew hadn't even made cruiser in 2 years and Stevenson handled him easier. Bellew wasn't even top 5 at LHW lol.[/QUOTE] Only one round where Bellew landed more, like I said…

Comment by Roberto Vasquez on 07-25-2019

[QUOTE=Joe Gans Louis;19929094]This is what Im saying. Please beat someone at Hwy before you start talking about taking on the top fighters. Ruiz walks down and mudstomps this yapper in 5 rounds. Usyk has fought at cruiser and has never…

Comment by Joe Gans Louis on 07-23-2019

[QUOTE=Roberto Vasquez;19925659]Usyk fought no one yet at the weight and he is calling out the top guys. Let's see how he does against Takam first[/QUOTE] This is what Im saying. Please beat someone at Hwy before you start talking about…

Comment by P4Pdunny on 07-23-2019

At least beat Takam first, I think he will make a lot of these guys look bad but I just think that the HW's with good punching power may be able to get to him

Comment by Deontay Wilder on 07-23-2019

Usyk will clown a lot of these big bulky guys with poor stamina. AJ, Whyte, and Pulev will be huffing and puffing, swinging at air all night.

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