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Usyk is Very Eager To Face The Joshua vs. Ruiz Rematch Winner

Former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk will be keeping both eyes on the year-end rematch between Andy Ruiz and Anthony Joshua.

Last month, at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Ruiz dropped Joshua four times to secure a seventh round stoppage and the WBO, IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight titles.

Joshua has exercised a rematch clause and the second contest is being targeted for a date in December.

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Usyk vacated his four world titles and made a move to the heavyweight division.

A planned heavyweight debut earlier this year was pushed back after Usyk suffered a training camp injury. The bout with veteran Carlos Takam will now take place on a date in the fall.

Even without a single heavyweight fight, the WBO has already made Usyk the mandatory challenger to the Ruiz-Joshua rematch winner.

"I'm very grateful that they made me a mandatory challenger. I know that it doesn't happen for no reason. They have nowhere to go. Everything is already set up in place," Usyk told Sky Sports.

"All we need is to just wait for the events to happen and I will definitely be boxing with one of them."

Usyk rejects some of the claims that Joshua lost because he has issues with shorter fighters. But if that's really the case, then Usyk believes Joshua will have a serious problem in the second fight,

"I don't think that's the reason [that Joshua lost to Ruiz Jr]," Usyk said.

"There is a general problem that takes place. It doesn't matter whether your opponent is tall or short. It doesn't matter whether you fight a two-metre tall guy, or a 1.80m guy. You are preparing with sparring partners that look exactly like your opponent. If he really has a problem with boxing with short people, then it's a really big problem."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Ajvar on 08-02-2019

Usyk dies against Ruiz, what a fuk people post here about him "running around"???? I still doubt that Usyk can win Takam, that depends on many factors including how good he recovered from injuries and laying out but Wilder, Ruiz,…

Comment by P4Pdunny on 07-31-2019

He needs to prove himself first at the weight

Comment by _Rexy_ on 07-31-2019

[QUOTE=kafkod;19949642]It was about 10 seconds before the bell. Usyk ducked a follow up punch, tied Gassiev up, then stepped around to get behind him. The bell rang before any more punches were thrown, but Usyk didn't looked dazed or shaken…

Comment by kafkod on 07-31-2019

[QUOTE=_Rexy_;19949619]I might be combining that punch and the joe smith jr/Bivol one together in my head then, because I thought the punch was RIGHT at the bell.[/QUOTE] It was about 10 seconds before the bell. Usyk ducked a follow up…

Comment by _Rexy_ on 07-31-2019

[QUOTE=kafkod;19949617]He got caught by a well timed right flush on the chin by Gassiev. It shocked him, but even then he wasn't rocked. He ducked under a follow up punch and tied Gassiev up.

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