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Usyk Will Take His Time, Will Not Rush To a Joshua Fight

Oleksandr Usyk is in no rush to move up to the heavyweight division to challenge Anthony Joshua.

The Ukrainian defended his WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO cruiserweight titles with a devastating eighth-round knockout of Tony Bellew at the Manchester Arena.

There have been rumours swirling for some time that Usyk is set to step up one weight class to the more lucrative heavyweight division having seemingly beaten all foes at 200lbs.

A bout against Joshua is particularly tantalising as both fighters won Olympic gold at London 2012 and have made giant strides in their unbeaten professional careers so far.

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Usyk acknowledged that he will eventually move up to heavyweight but when asked about a Joshua showdown, he said through a translator - “It’s too early. If you want to speak of this then you can speak of this but we still need to wait a little bit.

“You must be professional in taking those kinds of decisions. You need to take your time to think through everything properly.

“But becoming the heavyweight champion is not what I’m dreaming of, it’s my goal, it’s what I’m planning to do.”

Usyk defied a determined start from Bellew and a hostile reception in Manchester to gradually get on top and prove why he is regarded as one of the finest fighters on the planet irrespective of weight class.

He closed the show in spectacular fashion, following a rapier jab with a booming left hook that put Bellew on his back and forced referee Terry O’Connor to wave the count after two minutes of the eighth round.

“I was focused and concentrated, that was the assignment given to me by my corner,” Usyk said. “I had to stay focused within every single round. He is a really dangerous man, he put some strong punches in.

“I told him that he is a real man, he is the father, husband and true warrior. Those kinds of fights when a warrior meets a warrior is something that should definitely take place in boxing.”

Usyk now plans to take some time away from the ring after a hectic year in which he became undisputed cruiserweight champion after winning the World Boxing Super Series.

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

[QUOTE=JimRaynor;19269219]Yes, I agree with you, AJ is a much greater reward for much less risk than Wilder is.[/QUOTE] Greater reward, Yes Less much risk? that's your opinion. Those that came with intention of less more risk, we all know how…

Comment by JimRaynor on 11-13-2018

[QUOTE=Laligalaliga;19268268]Smiles.... And these fans always get disappointed. That's one thing AJ is good at, disappointing the haters in KO version. Uysk will be no different but on the contrary fighters always look in AJ's direction for the cash out. Nobody…

Comment by Laligalaliga on 11-13-2018

[QUOTE=Dontbeahater;19268160]You mean the unbeaten, p4p killer Andre ward who cleaned out smw and lhw (except Stevenson but doubt that fight could have happened with showtime / HBO)... Now he should fight a cw. USYK hasn't done much yet. He's good…

Comment by Laligalaliga on 11-13-2018

[QUOTE=JimRaynor;19267800]I think the fans realize that AJ would be a much easier opponent to beat than Wilder.[/QUOTE] Smiles.... And these fans always get disappointed. That's one thing AJ is good at, disappointing the haters in KO version. Uysk will be…

Comment by Laligalaliga on 11-13-2018

[QUOTE=juggernaut666;19267270]Ali Bashir is the one that refined Usyk and taught him the little things that make him that much more effective....He seems to think Joshua is the only HW right now that beats him,im not putting him that high yet,i…

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