WBA, IBF, IBO world heavyweight boxing champion Oleksandr Usyk said when he will hang up the gloves in an interview with USYK17 on YouTube. Usyk, who defeated Anthony Joshua for the second time in a row in August, said he envisions a maximum of 3 more fights in the professional ring where he is undefeated.
“After the rematch with Joshua, there are at most three more fights that I can be peak, three preparations. What battles? With Fury, with Canelo, at NSK “Olympic” – and goodbye. Saul wanted to box, but it would be a weird money-making fight.”
Earlier, the absolute super middleweight world champion Saul Alvarez called Usyk the best boxer on the planet.
Ukrainian Usyk beat British title challenger Anthony Joshua by a 2-1 decision last month. After defeating Anthony in a rematch, Usyk challenged WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury to a fight. The “Gypsy King” accepted the Ukrainian’s challenge, but their boxing teams could not agree on the date of the fight. Instead, the “Battle of Britain” between Fury and Joshua was organized for December this year, writes the Telegraph.
Usyk’s representative, in turn, said that the Ukrainian’s next opponent could be the American Deontay Wilder.
The Ukrainian admitted that in his preparation for the rematch with AJ, he also anticipated getting knocked down.
“Both in the first and second fights, we had a plan that I would take a round, make 2-3 successful combinations in the round and necessarily take the end – knock-knock-knock in 10 seconds. If, God forbid, I get knocked down – don’t rush to get up, stay on your knee, wait for the count, you’ve recovered and take the next round,” Usyk said.
“We discussed it, it’s boxing. Usually, when a boxer takes a hit, he starts to survive and show character. And at that moment they finish him off because he doesn’t see, he doesn’t feel the distance like when he doesn’t have vertigo.
OK – you’ll lose the round, but you’ll recover. Kneel, your number – that’s strategy, not cowardice. This is the strategy of boxing, fight, fight, where you can take actions when you need to, and that will lead you to victory,” Usyk pointed out in an interview with the USYK17 YouTube channel.
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