WBO heavyweight champion, IBF, IBO, WBA, Anthony Joshua insisted that he will fight Oleksandr Usyk in 2020. Usyk, who united all the explorer class divisions in 2020, was a mandatory challenger of WBO for Joshua.
“Opponents are very credible. When I try to build my record, I want opponents like Usyk, only to say that I have beaten them,” Joshua told Sky Sports as reported by boxingscene.com.
‘Usyk uses his feet very well and places his hands well. You often cannot hit him because his legs move very well. If you manage to punch him, (the punch) only hits the gloves.’
“What I will do, as I have done. I have learned Usyk’s boxing style, from footwork, hand position, to the gap. Then, I will ask other boxers who have faced him and find out information about how to defeat him.”
‘Usyk is a big explorer boxer, undisputed explorer champion, who has decided to go up to the heavyweight to join the big boxers. He is still exploring the heavyweight division, but he wants a big piece of cake. He is more than welcome to try to take a title from my hand.’
Joshua also faced a mandatory battle for his IBF title. At the same time, Kubrat Pulev was an IBF mandatory challenger to Joshua. WBO and IBF organizations have ordered Joshua to fulfill its obligations.
However, Joshua can not face two boxers at once close. Pulev is currently the favorite to fight Joshua in the coming months, while Usyk will follow in the fall.
If Joshua decides to take Pulev first, Usyk will likely face Derek Chisora as a warm-up. Usyk made his heavyweight debut last year with a victory over Chazz Withwerspoon who surrendered in the seventh round at the United States Wintrust Arena, Chicago, Illinois, October 12, 2019.