Oleksandr Usyk hints he will step aside to allow Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury

Oleksandr Usyk has hinted he will step aside to allow Anthony Joshua to fight Tyson Fury in what the Ukrainian has labelled a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’.

AJ and Fury are expected to do battle next year in what would be the biggest fight in the history of British boxing.

It would see all four world heavyweight titles up for grabs and has captured the imagination of fans across the globe.

Former cruiserweight king Usyk has stepped up to heavyweight and is Joshua’s mandatory challenger for the WBO strap.

But when asked if he would consider moving aside to allow Joshua vs Fury, he told The Sun: “All four belts might end up in the same hands of one person.

Usyk has hinted he would step aside to allow Joshua to fight Fury
Usyk has hinted he would step aside to allow Joshua to fight Fury

“It might be a once in a lifetime opportunity. We should all talk and communicate for that to happen because it is a really big event.

“I still want to fight Anthony Joshua for the title. There are many factors for this fight to happen, my team and all the participants and all their interested parties are already working on it.

“But there are still many people who wish to fight him as well, like Tyson Fury.”

Joshua could vacate the WBO belt if required
Joshua could vacate the WBO belt if required

Joshua set up the Fury fight with a highlight-reel knockout against Kubrat Pulev last week, and both men have indicated they want to face each other next.

Even if Usyk does not step aside, Joshua could vacate the WBO belt to secure a £200million showdown with Fury.

But Usyk’s manager Egis Kilmas claimed that would show fear on AJ’s behalf.

Fury hasn’t fought since beating Deontay Wilder in February

“Giving up the WBO belt means that Anthony Joshua is scared to fight Oleksandr Usyk,” he told Boxing Scene. “It means he sees a big risk fighting Oleksandr Usyk and losing.

“That’s what it tells me. If Anthony Joshua is 100 per cent sure he can beat Oleksandr Usyk then it’s a different story. But if he is not sure, of course, he can give up the title.”

But Usyk has denied it would mean Joshua is afraid of him, admitting fighting Fury would give AJ ‘better opportunities’.

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