Following his recent dominant decision victory of Brit, Anthony Joshua, Oleksandr Usyk is taking some well earned time off, with the aim to return to the ring next year, eyeing up a couple of big showdowns. The only two names he will seemingly entertain, a world-stopping unification battle with Tyson Fury and a breathtaking clash with Deontay Wilder, with talks of retiring at the idea of an alternative fight being made. Big ambitions for a great fighter who has nothing left to prove in this great sport.
Since conquering the cruiserweight division, this great fighter has come a long way in the heavyweights, despite claims he was too small, he has collected all but one of the belts, missing only Tyson Fury’s WBC belt, having taken the rest from Anthony Joshua and once defending them from the man himself.
Instantly, Usyk and all of boxing’s eyes were set firm on a historic clash between Tyson Fury, with all of the belts on the line, to announce just one man as the king of the division and both fighters seemed keen, but it wasn’t to be in this moment, for whatever reason, leaving him with only one alternative. Deontay Wilder.
A fight that he has claimed he would like to be held in the USA, he has said this is the only fight he would take other than Fury and what a fight it would be! Wilder first has to get past his next hurdle in his comeback fight when he takes on Robert Helenius, which could first set him up for a meeting with Andy Ruiz Jr and potentially Tyson Fury once again before seeing Usyk, but should he decided to accept this challenge, an explosive clash of styles would be on our hands.
Both have shown strong chins in their time, both have shown power but this would be the definition of skill vs power, something that is thrown around a lot in this sport, this time more fitting than ever.
But it may appear that the unification will be next, with apparent talks in the works for a clash with Tyson Fury later this year, all belts on the line for what promises to be an explosive showdown both in and out of the ring.